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 With the new lighting system, viewers can see the subtle differences between Mark Rothko’s 14 canvases displayed inside the Chapel. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Rothko Chapel reopens next week after months-long renovations," 15 Sep. 2020 The most expensive requirement is to spend $2.3 million on high-definition security cameras and $935,000 to upgrade lighting outside buildings. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. must spend more than $3 million in security for crime-plagued public housing," 15 Sep. 2020 The ambient lighting system features up to 250 LED light sources. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Revealed, Aims to Redefine Modern Luxury," 2 Sep. 2020 To aid with nighttime or low-lighting recording and streaming, both cameras feature infrared HD night vision. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Amazon’s new Blink Indoor and Outdoor cameras bring more value and storage options," 2 Sep. 2020 While the parties most likely won’t happen this year, Minnen predicts that virtual candle lighting might be the next best option. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "The Meaning of Hanukkah Goes Beyond 8 Nights of Gifts," 27 Aug. 2020 The company says Libin was using a professional green screen backdrop and professional lighting to achieve the look. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Another Zoom meeting? Make video presentations more interesting with filters, polls and live animals," 19 Aug. 2020 Instagrammers will have to figure out their own lighting. Janelle Bitker,, "New Bay Area Japanese souffle pancake cafe is trying to make takeout Instagrammable," 18 Aug. 2020 The New York Times also reported Tuesday that vendors who have worked with the Biden campaign were setting up lighting and a sound system at a ballroom in the historic Hotel du Pont, where Biden announced his 1972 Senate candidacy. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Biden has decided on running mate pick," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lighting

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

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21 Sep 2020

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“Lighting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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