back·​light | \ˈbak-ˌlīt \

Definition of backlight 

: illumination from behind also : the source of such illumination

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Turn the backlight up to full?), but your PC will need to have an ambient light sensor to enable it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's big Insider build showcases Skype, a font maker and Task Manager tweaks," 28 June 2018 Those displays are then combined with other parts to make the backlight assembly, the innards of a TV. New York Times, "What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines," 23 June 2018 The screen resolution and backlight, though solid, still doesn’t compete with Apple. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Garmin Edge 1030 vs. the iPhone X," 29 June 2018 This keyboard functions the same as the Drevo board, including the RGB backlight and Bluetooth connectivity. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Build Your Own Wooden Keyboard Case," 25 Oct. 2016 The lack of a backlight might bum you out, but at this price, maybe just turn your bedside lamp on. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Amazon Kindles Are $30 Off Right Now," 23 May 2018 The Matebook X Pro has a full-sized keyboard with a self-adjusting backlight and a water-resistant design (yes, that means the camera should be protected from spills, too), as well as an extra large trackpad. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei’s answer to laptop privacy: A keyboard with a pop-up webcam," 25 Feb. 2018 Each pixel is self-emitting as well, meaning microLED displays do not require individual backlights. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple reportedly developing microLED displays for its mobile devices," 19 Mar. 2018 This is a still-nascent display type that, like OLED, is self-emitting, meaning each pixel doesn’t require a backlight. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Samsung’s The Wall TV is a modular 146-inch monster that uses MicroLED," 8 Jan. 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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