light·ing | \ˈlī-tiŋ \

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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The lighting of the corner gas lamppost determined the official start of the summer night. Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 This may mean changing the lighting in an area for a student who gets overstimulated by fluorescent lights or providing a student with visual supports to help manage their day. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "A peek inside Indiana’s first charter school specializing in serving students with special needs," 10 July 2018 The only shading is the uncomfortable lighting, which switches between harsh reds and blues and yellows to broadcast Tone and Mood. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 Fires were going at each cooking station soon after 11 a.m. Musicians performed for each team of chefs after the open fire lighting. Karie Angell Luc,, "'It lifts you right up to heaven': Gulyas tradition continues in Norridge," 9 July 2018 Much of the threat is blamed on loss of nesting habitat due to development and the lighting created by homes and businesses, which disorient the nesting turtles at night, the conservancy says. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Tourists warned sea turtles may nest in broad daylight — that's rare at Cape Hatteras," 5 July 2018 The neon lighting at the venue reflected the colorful packaging of the PS x Lancôme products, creating a futuristic atmosphere while DJs Emmanuel Caurel and Honey Dijon kept the atmosphere lively and upbeat with their tunes. Viola Bisiach, Vogue, "Proenza Schouler and Lancôme Celebrate the Launch of the Chroma Collection," 4 July 2018 Hewes said while some aspects of the show will be modern, like the lighting and set, the costuming and script will remain rooted in Shakespeare’s time. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "PowPAC's 'Romeo and Juliet' opens Friday," 3 July 2018 The ambient lighting brightened the cabin nicely without obstructing the view of the road. Scott Sturgis,, "BMW X3 gets a redesign for 2018," 28 June 2018

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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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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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