illumination

noun
il·​lu·​mi·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce illumination (audio) \

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

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Examples of illumination in a Sentence

When taking photographs indoors, use a flash for illumination. They traveled to the temple in search of spiritual illumination. an old manuscript with beautiful illuminations
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On July 9, police observed a Chevrolet Cavalier without rear license plate illumination traveling north on I-77. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Akron driver arrested with cocaine and open container: Brecksville Police Blotter," 7 Aug. 2019 Art’s metaphor of illumination, secular or spiritual, is invoked. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In Mary Corse’s light paintings at LACMA, some shadows," 5 Aug. 2019 This is downtown’s only live fireworks show, and the illuminations will be set off from multiple locations on the Plaza’s roofs and towers. Juliana Shallcross, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks in Las Vegas," 4 July 2019 Your 6th house of health, order, and service is in full illumination by the Sun this week, making you a beacon of strength. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 The neighborhood is Time Squarian in its constant illumination, but the streets are smaller, more winding, and, in very large part, lined with stores carrying every beauty product imaginable. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 The event will end with a candlelight illumination in the Maryland Hall Labyrinth. Juliana Kim, baltimoresun.com, "Moment of silence, remembrance concert planned for June 28, anniversary of Capital Gazette shooting," 19 June 2019 Since 2001, San Diegans have oohed and aahed at the colorful, majestic rounds of illuminations launched from four barges strategically place around San Diego Bay. San Diego Union-Tribune, "42 ways to celebrate July 4 in San Diego County with fireworks and parades," 27 June 2019 Needing illumination is that many slave owners, cognizant of their disintegrating economic prospects, were forced nearly at gunpoint by Union armies to free their slaves even after the 13th Amendment. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Juneteenth in Seattle brings jubilation and reflection on justice not yet realized," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of illumination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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illumination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of illumination

: light that comes into a room, that shines on something, etc.
formal : knowledge or understanding
: a gold or colored decoration in an old book

illumination

noun
il·​lu·​mi·​na·​tion | \ i-ˌlü-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce illumination (audio) \

Kids Definition of illumination

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

illumination

noun
il·​lu·​mi·​na·​tion | \ il-ˌü-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce illumination (audio) \

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

Other Words from illumination

illuminate \ il-​ˈü-​mə-​ˌnāt How to pronounce illuminate (audio) \ transitive verb illuminated; illuminating

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