footlights

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foot·lights

noun plural \-ˌlīts\

: a row of lights across the front of a stage floor that shine on the performers

Full Definition of FOOTLIGHTS

1
:  a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor
2
:  the stage as a profession <the lure of the footlights>

First Known Use of FOOTLIGHTS

circa 1839

footlights

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Row of lights set across the front of a stage floor to light the scene. The oil lamps and candles in use in the 17th century eventually gave way to gas and electricity. As more advanced overhead lighting techniques were developed, footlights became less necessary, except to create special shadows on actors' faces.

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