black light


: invisible ultraviolet light
: a lamp that radiates black light

Examples of black light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This new attraction is made up of walk-thru mazes infested with zombies, psychotic clowns, circus freaks and a black light experience dubbed Toxic Terror. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2023 Her Sweet Sixteen party was a red-carpet affair, decorated with white balloons and oversized neon mushroom sculptures lit by black lights. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 23 July 2023 Gel electrophoresis uses an electrical field to separate out the molecules of DNA and the florescent stain in the gel allows the results to be viewed under a black light. Kendra MacK, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Aug. 2023 Consider a dark color for unexpected accent pieces, such as a bold black light fixture, or take a cue from designers and try something a little more unexpected. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Step 5: Test your black light box Turn the black light on, put a rock inside, and close it. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2023 To evoke the milieu of Haring’s ’80s New York, the show will include a black light gallery that recalls disco clubs like the Paradise Garage, as well as the artist’s music playlists. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 25 Apr. 2023 The second and final phase encompasses most of the renovations, including adding flexible seating for up to 1,400 people, putting in a thrust stage that would extend into the audience and restoring the black light murals. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Nov. 2021 And then, miraculously, the black light faded. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of black light was in 1913

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“Black light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

black light

: invisible ultraviolet or infrared light
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