light·​ing ˈlī-tiŋ How to pronounce lighting (audio)
: an artificial supply of light or the apparatus providing it

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The band seemed to spare no expense on its lighting, imagery and camera work (which frequently focused on close-up views of the guitar playing that was on view by Walsh, Gill, Henley and Steuart Smith, a touring member of the band since 2001). Steve Goff, Arkansas Online, 29 Nov. 2022 Robert Peterson / Rustic White Interiors Don't limit your Christmas lighting to white string lights on your tree. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 16 Nov. 2022 Lastly, set the mood with dimmers on your lighting. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 10 Nov. 2022 If the sun has gone down, so should your overhead lighting, according to Terzian, who like to light lots of candles for a chiaroscuro effect. Caroline Hatchett, Robb Report, 8 Nov. 2022 Your vanity lighting should reflect the overall style of your bathroom. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Oct. 2022 Point Sur Lightstation, part of the Point Sur State Historic Park, has remained in continuous operation since its initial lighting in 1889, according to the California state park service. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 Plus, its warm yellow lighting is great for getting to sleep without a bright light keeping you up. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 10 Oct. 2022 Known for his richly imaginative lighting and furniture, the designer Gabriel Hendifar is an equally inventive host. Gillian Brassil, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Lighting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


: supply of light : illumination
: artificial light (as for a play) or the apparatus providing it
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