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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Square Roots develops hydroponic farms housed in shipping containers that use high-tech lighting systems and offer precise, scientific control of light and every other relevant variable, like water and nutrients. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system and acrylic balls. Laura Feasey, WSJ, "5 Mood-Lifting Museums," 11 Oct. 2018 But Hron, the Avast researcher, warns that the risk is growing as more everyday devices are connected to the internet — from ovens to home lighting systems — and that these are often the least secure. Robert Stevens,, "How your smart fridge and TV might be mining bitcoin for criminals," 4 July 2018 Osram’s lower profit outlook also extended beyond the car industry: Zumtobel Group AG, an Austrian company that makes lighting systems for buildings, cited a deterioration in the U.K. market in its warning about lower earnings. Fortune, "Trump's Trade War Claims Another Victim," 28 June 2018 Last fall, Sheetz, a convenience-store chain with more than 500 stores in six states, installed a new lighting system in the restroom of its New Kensington store, about 20 miles outside Pittsburgh. Fox News, "Retailers experiment with blue lights to deter drug use," 25 June 2018 They were charged with differentiating melanoma from benign moles using images obtained via dermoscopy, a technique that allows dermatologists to view the skin through a high-quality magnifying lens with a powerful lighting system. Caroline Nelson, Washington Post, "Forget ‘man vs. machine.’ When doctors compete with artificial intelligence, patients lose.," 12 June 2018 The promotion also includes a dozen unique spots that bring the Jetta to life by combining state-of-the-art 3D computer generated design with a color palette inspired by the vehicle’s available 10-color ambient lighting system. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Kali Uchis, Gryffin, Louis the Child & More Link With Volkswagen for 2019 Jetta Campaign," 17 May 2018 An electrical subcontractor was installing underground components for the signal and lighting system. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "'It's a record year.' Ninety ACHD road projects will test your patience and slow traffic | Idaho Statesman," 27 Apr. 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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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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