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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The plan includes a selection of lighting programs in different colors turning off and on at different times, said Klisch, who hopes other businesses along the Milwaukee River will consider their own version of lights and art. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lakefront has installed kegs that light up on the side of its brewery, dubbing it Kegnado," 4 Sep. 2019 When the first gin palaces began to appear in London, in the eighteen-twenties, the public was dazzled by the Corinthian columns, mahogany counters, and gas lighting. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Sep. 2019 Now named in honor of the attraction’s founder, the Newton Perry Underwater Mermaid Theater sports new floors, seating, lighting and ceilings, all designed to preserve the theater’s mid-century theme, according to park service officials. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Florida’s mermaid spring still sings its siren song," 2 Sep. 2019 The entry way contains a modern and whimsical lighting installation made by Quasar of the Netherlands. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito houseboat a salute to modern Danish art and Hawaiian wood," 31 Aug. 2019 Jason filmed me in 45 minutes under perfect lighting. New York Times, "Get Out of My Light, Honey. I’m Auditioning Here.," 30 Aug. 2019 After almost two months of packing on the PDA, the pair took the stage and performed their highly anticipated hit amid romantic lighting. Joelle Goldstein,, "Camila Cabello Shows Off 'Romantic' VMAs Dress in BTS Video — and Gets a Visit from Shawn Mendes," 28 Aug. 2019 Watch the performance for yourself, below, and form your own opinion: The lighting! Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I'm Sweating After Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes' 2019 MTV VMAs Performance," 27 Aug. 2019 The park’s lighting poles are intrusive as well — partly because of the girth required for some to hold video cameras, but also because of the bold striping in two shades of gray. John King,, "Park-topped Transbay transit center pays architectural dividends, past troubles aside," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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