back·​light | \ ˈbak-ˌlīt How to pronounce backlight (audio) \

Definition of backlight

: illumination from behind also : the source of such illumination

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backlight transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web Other followers noted how painful the tattoo looked, while one user asked to see it under a backlight. Angie Orellana Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, "‘Beautiful alien scars’: Grimes’ new back tattoo is turning heads," 12 Apr. 2021 The retractable rear wing elevates at 70 mph, its presence visible through the small but beautifully shaped backlight, one of the car’s signature design elements. Robert Ross, Robb Report, "On the Road: Jaguar’s 2021 F-Type R Coupe Has Its Claws Out for the Competition," 8 Apr. 2021 The clock’s backlight stays off, and its face is turned toward Madeline’s bed, because her sister prefers to live life clock free. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "On the clock: How the clock became king," 29 Mar. 2021 The virtual McIntosh meters with their traditional blue backlight can also be displayed on the center console screen. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "Jeep Crawls Into Full-Size SUV Fray With 2022 Wagoneer And Grand Wagoneer," 11 Mar. 2021 Each key is individually backlit, too, and the keyboard can auto-adjust the strength of the backlight depending on the lighting of the room and whether your fingers are over the keys at all. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 The only major downsides are its mediocre webcam, which is limited to a 720p resolution, and its lack of dedicated keys for adjusting the keyboard backlight. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Each individual pixel is a diode that provides its own illumination, so the screen doesn’t need a backlight. Popular Science, "The best entertainment tech of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 This cutting-edge tech allows each of the millions of pixels to act as its own backlight, making colors more vivid and blacks as dark as possible. Parker Hall, Wired, "The Best Black Friday TV and Soundbar Deals," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of backlight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backlight was in 1822

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20 Apr 2021

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“Backlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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