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

Definition of backlight

: illumination from behind also : the source of such illumination

Other Words from backlight

backlight transitive verb

Examples of backlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With almost 18,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, this affordable meat thermometer has some seriously high-end features, including a backlight option and a probe that rotates 180º. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 Beneath each keycap there is an RGB backlight and a choice of 19 dynamic lighting patterns and a further 8 colors of backlights. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The display and its backlight reportedly work as well. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 Perhaps more notable is the bump from a 12-bit to a 14-bit backlight. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 3 Jan. 2022 The keyboard's flashiest aspect is its white backlight. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 23 Feb. 2022 The sleek, all-black design is complemented by the Razer logo backlight, which gives it a bit of understated flair. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 16 Feb. 2022 Logitech, specifically its G gaming brand, isn't afraid to overload its keyboards with RGB lighting, but the backlight on these boards comes in white only. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 25 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, tens of millions of self-emitting pixels eliminate the need for a separate backlight, which make for excellent picture quality; the same tech allows LG to make screens that are bendable, foldable and rollable. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of backlight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2022

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“Backlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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