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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In the early morning backlight, the drops explode from the shallow bath like a miniature fireworks display. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Highlight of morning is visit with special guest," 31 Aug. 2019 The setting sun backlights large oaks and other trees, and ducks and geese often fly or float by. Harriot Manley,, "Beer flows on the Sac River in new Brew Boat," 19 Aug. 2019 Along the circumference are buttons to navigate up and down display options, to go back to previous pages, to start a workout, and to turn on or off the display's backlight. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Forerunner 645 Music review: The high price of tunes on a runner’s tool," 16 Mar. 2018 In these TVs, the LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, function as a backlight, which transmits the image through the LCD (liquid crystal display) screen. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "OLED or QLED: Which TV Is Right for You?," 4 June 2019 Unlike the Samsung, which uses AMOLEDs, HP continues to rely on LCD screens at up to 90Hz and an impulse backlight to reduce motion blurring. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 The look and layout of the new Fenix devices don't vary with models: all of them have five physical buttons that access the Activity menu, turn on the screen's backlight, and navigate up, down, and back on the screen. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Fenix 5S Plus review: So capable, so enviable, so expensive," 29 July 2018 The company also fixed some of the big problems in the previous Swift 7 by adding a keyboard backlight, a touchscreen, and PCIe storage. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises," 8 Nov. 2018 The Aukey keyboard features a 6-color backlight with per-row lighting (as opposed to per-key) and nine lighting presets, with two slots for customized presets. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Upgrade to a water-resistant mechanical keyboard for just $26 today," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of backlight

1822, in the meaning defined above

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