the part of the moon illuminated by the sun
A university study has illuminated the problem.
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Holiday centerpiece To illuminate your dinner guests and create a cozy mood, try this elegant centerpiece.—Karen Hugg, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 Perhaps the brightest name in smart lighting, and certainly one of the longest serving, Philips Hue offers a wide range of gadgetry to illuminate your home and bring some color to your life.—Simon Hill, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 But specific, honest writing can help dislodge these oversimplifications and illuminate instead the scores of stories that don’t necessarily unfurl as expected.—Ilana Masad, The Atlantic, 20 Nov. 2023 The precursor season will illuminate the prospects.—Clayton Davis, Variety, 18 Nov. 2023 Flashbacks begin in Act Two, illuminating the conflicts between Robert and his equally brilliant daughter Catherine.—David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 The lively sports narrative and illuminating urban history are somewhat awkwardly woven together, but this is much more than your average football book.—Benjamin Shull, WSJ, 16 Nov. 2023 In the winter, visitors spin around the ice rink, which is illuminated by twinkling lights.—Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 With a touch of illuminating shimmer, this Ciaté Blush adds that perfect hint of glow to your cheeks, giving you a healthy, flushed look with a touch of brilliance.—Samantha Booth, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2023
The other four pillars are designated illuminate, educate, engage, and energize.—IEEE Spectrum, 3 May 2023 Flashlights, lamps, and cellphones illuminate bodies but obscure faces.—Danielle Momoh, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 Cole’s remarkable and unforgettable novel and its flâneur protagonist, Julius, a Nigerian immigrant, illuminate aspects of New York rarely before depicted in fiction.—New York Times, 30 June 2022 Tender interactions like these illuminate Chloe’s emotional state, giving viewers more to latch on to than her longing stares and anxious lip biting.—Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2022 Animated characters sing along as trees and snowflakes illuminate to the beat.—Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Dec. 2021 The details of the dispute illuminate major hurdles that countries around the globe will face in eliminating coal from their energy mix—and the need to develop local solutions to set an ambitious and actionable path toward decarbonization.—Baker Institute, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 If sentiments seem easily derived in a few stories, in the best ones, mysteries like Theodosia's illuminate larger truths about love, loyalty and the persistence of memory.—Star Tribune, 8 Jan. 2021 The problem is that, while the careful study of history can provide policymakers with powerful insights, incongruous comparisons can just as easily obscure as illuminate contemporary challenges.—Richard Fontaine, The Atlantic, 3 Oct. 2017
Owners may see a parking brake warning light illuminate, along with an instrument-panel message about a problem.—Alessandra Kaestner, Car and Driver, 31 July 2023 Lights in the dash illuminate to tell you the car is waiting for commands, or to give updates on navigation and battery status.—Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 3 June 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare, from in- + luminare to light up, from lumin-, lumen light — more at luminary