fire·​light | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌlīt How to pronounce firelight (audio) \

Definition of firelight

: the light of a fire (as in a fireplace)

Other Words from firelight

firelit \ ˈfī(-​ə)r-​ˌlit How to pronounce firelight (audio) \ adjective

Examples of firelight in a Sentence

The firelight gave the room a warm glow. At night, he read by firelight.
Recent Examples on the Web This tradition dates back to our cave days, when Rhode Islanders drank Del’s by firelight in these healing waters, lighting fires to offer praise to that Great Coffee Milk in the Sky... Lauren Daley,, 2 June 2022 Their works include those at Lascaux, France, which previous researchers have suggested were ‘animated’ by their own interplay with firelight. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 As the firelight moves different horses are illuminated, giving a sense of dynamism to the art. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 Apr. 2022 Needham and colleagues believe that working by firelight may have been more than just a way to stay out of the dark. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 He’s fascinated by ritual, runic mysticism and physical mortification, as well as visual compositions that favor firelight, shadows and bravura camera work. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The average player will return to the firelight hundreds of times. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2022 The firelight fell on C. as in a Flemish painting, setting her loveliness against the dark. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2022 The tunnel’s walls were decorated with pyrite, or fool’s gold, which reflected firelight to create the illusion of a sky dotted with stars. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of firelight

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Firelight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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