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[bak-lahyt] /ˈbækˌlaɪt/
Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.
verb (used with object), backlighted or backlit, backlighting.
to illuminate (something) from behind.
Origin of backlight
First recorded in 1950-55; back1 + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It has also additional contrivances for utilizing the back light.

    Michael Faraday J. H. Gladstone
  • I saw a small green snake today, very pretty, the back light green and the belly a pale yellow.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • Twelve sail of the Gloucester fishing fleet had gone down with every soul on board, just outside of Whale's-back light.

British Dictionary definitions for back light

back light

light falling on a photographic or television subject from the rear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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