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overlight

noun \ ˈō-vər-ˌlīt \

Definition of overlight

plural overlights
: a source of light that is located in a high position: such as
a : a small window above a door
  • But photographs tell us that the French doors had rectangular overlights with semicircular fanlights …
  • —H. Parrott Bacot et al.
b : a ceiling light
  • Cal stood on the neat porch and kept his finger on the bell until the harsh overlight flashed on and the night bolt rasped and Mrs. Bacon looked out.
  • —John Steinbeck

First Known Use of overlight

1896

in the meaning defined above

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overlight

verb, transitive + intransitive over·light \ ˌō-vər-ˈlīt \

Definition of overlight

overlit play \ˌō-vər-ˈlit\ also overlighted; overlighting
: to illuminate (something, such as a building) too brightly or thoroughly
  • As a general rule of thumb most people make the mistake of overlighting rooms …
  • —Melissa Penfold
  • overlit streets/offices
  • Do not overlight.… Remember, there are some things in your yard and home best left unlighted—faucets and hoses, garbage cans, a car in the driveway.
  • —Marshall Wright

First Known Use of overlight

1874

in the meaning defined above

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