illumination

noun il·lu·mi·na·tion \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnā-shən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of illumination

1 : the action of illuminating or state of being illuminated: such as
a : spiritual or intellectual enlightenment
b (1) : a lighting up
(2) : decorative lighting or lighting effects
c : decoration by the art of illuminating
2 : the luminous flux per unit area on an intercepting surface at any given point
3 : one of the decorative features used in the art of illuminating or in decorative lighting

Examples of illumination in a Sentence

  1. When taking photographs indoors, use a flash for illumination.

  2. They traveled to the temple in search of spiritual illumination.

  3. an old manuscript with beautiful illuminations

Recent Examples of illumination from the Web

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First Known Use of illumination

14th century


ILLUMINATION Defined for English Language Learners

illumination

noun

Definition of illumination for English Language Learners

  • : light that comes into a room, that shines on something, etc.

  • : knowledge or understanding

  • : a gold or colored decoration in an old book


ILLUMINATION Defined for Kids

illumination

noun il·lu·mi·na·tion \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of illumination for Students

: the action of lighting something : the state of being lighted

Medical Dictionary

illumination

noun il·lu·mi·na·tion \ il-ˌü-mə-ˈnā-shən \

medical Definition of illumination

1 : the action of supplying or brightening with light or the resulting state
2 : the luminous flux per unit area on an intercepting surface at any given point called also illuminance

illuminate

play \il-ˈü-mə-ˌnāt\ transitive verb illuminated; illuminating


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