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 worldwide smart home device market — including smart speakers, digital media adapters, lighting, thermostats, home monitoring and security devices — is expected to grow 27 percent this year to about 550 million units, according to IDC. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Inside that gleaming new Boeing Dreamliner—a plane known for its spacious cabins, jet-lag taming mood lighting, and cabin air that’s actually breathable—the flight was exceptionally smooth. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Might Be the Best New Way to Visit Africa," 8 Nov. 2018 Officials also stated that these satellites could also be used to light up areas that don’t receive much artificial lighting, like rural areas or the sites of disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China Wants to Replace Streetlights With a Trio of Artifical Moons," 19 Oct. 2018 The staging, particularly through the dramatic lighting design of Seth Reiser, who also created the set, and projections by Adam Larsen, suggests that the whole breakdown of the Celebrant’s faith may be taking place inside his head. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Mass: A Theater Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers’ Review: Timeless Bernstein," 18 July 2018 Modern street lighting, with its tall, utilitarian poles, just is not the same. Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 The project also includes painting the Turnpike bridge and adding signals, lighting, landscaping and drainage improvements. Kari Barnett,, "Bridge replacement affects Sandalfoot Boulevard in West Boca," 6 July 2018 Our New York celebrations employ little tea lights and votives from Crate & Barrel in place of clay diyas, and there were at least a hundred of them, grouped together on little glass plates, lighting up every surface. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Celebrating Diwali, in Light of the Midterms," 10 Nov. 2018 The five front-lighting LEDs illuminate the display and can be dimmed in the device's settings. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kindle Paperwhite 2018 review: A more premium e-reader at the right price," 7 Nov. 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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