light·​ing | \ ˈlī-tiŋ How to pronounce lighting (audio) \

Definition of lighting

2 : an artificial supply of light or the apparatus providing it

Examples of lighting in a Sentence

He prefers natural lighting for his photography. The lighting wasn't bright enough. The street lighting was so dim I got lost. There was a problem with the lighting. a company that sells lighting equipment He's in charge of the lighting for the show.
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Recent Examples on the Web Its main 102-seat theater upstairs now has a wider stage, new leatherette seats and new sound and lighting equipment, and its black box space has been remodeled, among many other improvements. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 In other action, the board approved a contract with Rock the House Entertainment to provide a disc jockey, lighting and photo booth for the Orange High School homecoming dance Oct. 9 at a cost of $8,000. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 The assistants would set everything up, the products and the lighting and the tools. Brennan Kilban, Allure, 15 Sep. 2021 More From the Experience Report Room builds the booths in customers’ offices for prices starting at $16,995, complete with the computer, lighting and other hardware, but not including assembly or delivery. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Perhaps more significantly, neither acting nor staging makes the characters’ fates seem urgent, or indeed more than poignant (although Jesús Díaz Cortés’s lighting and sound design heighten some moments). Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Wren has not only worked with public entities, but spades of private oil and gas companies in the region, too, to mitigate the impact of their lighting. Cinnamon Janzer, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 Aug. 2021 Choose your lighting so that it can be altered to suit the task or time of day. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Aug. 2021 Communities without the resources to achieve the designation can apply for provisional status with the IDA for three years in order to upgrade their lighting. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of lighting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of lighting was before the 12th century

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22 Sep 2021

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“Lighting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lighting

: light that is of a particular kind or that has a particular quality
: the equipment used to provide light
: the use of light for a particular purpose in a movie, play, etc.


light·​ing | \ ˈlīt-iŋ \

Kids Definition of lighting

: supply of light or of lights The only lighting came through a small window.


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