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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Locals tend to linger inside the cozy yellow house, decorated like a mountain cabin, with wooden tables and soft lighting. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Radar sensors are excellent for measuring distance and are virtually immune to being tricked by funny lighting or weather conditions, says Uwe Class, director of safe mobility systems at ZF. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 The performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound and lighting. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching news," 12 July 2018 As part of its plan, Nycha is switching to LED lighting, which lasts longer than incandescent bulbs and consumes less energy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "$1,973 LEDs and the Green New Deal," 15 Feb. 2019 The quest for good lighting, extra backdrops, luxe props, and a picture-perfect setting are all parts of the struggle also known as doing it for the ‘gram. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "This Penthouse Apartment Was Designed for Influencer Photoshoots," 1 Oct. 2018 Many have been updates with contemporary kitchens, custom LED lighting, hardwood floors and colorful exteriors. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Homes for sale in East End, one of Houston's transforming neighborhoods," 12 July 2018 This one is credited to Reed, Hedgerow’s producing artistic director, and Bonetti, and its numerous short scenes, punctuated by James P. Lewis’s blackout lighting, keep the action hurtling forward. Julia M. Klein,, "'His Girl Friday' at Hedgerow: Fast talk, fast pace," 2 July 2018 Jones and her team spent thousands of hours sitting under surgical theater lighting, keeping a constant record in a special logbook known as an ethogram. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 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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