key light


Definition of key light

: the main light illuminating a photographic subject

Examples of key light in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One stand-out feature is a jam mode in which keys light up with the chords and scales of a song. James Vincent, The Verge, "A light-up keyboard from Roli teaches you to play piano like it’s Guitar Hero," 18 June 2019 So Molnar and his partners spent a couple years working on that design, simultaneously trying to convince the FAA that gyroplanes could be engineered safe enough to be sold as turn-key light sport aircraft. Steven Kotler, Esquire, "We're So Close to Having the Flying Car. But Will We Ever Drive One?," 18 May 2015

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First Known Use of key light

circa 1937, in the meaning defined above

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“Key light.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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