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backlight

[bak-lahyt] /ˈbækˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
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.
2.
to illuminate (something) from behind.
Origin of backlight
1950-1955
First recorded in 1950-55; back1 + light1
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  • Willis's taxi ran on past the other, and through the backlight the inspector saw Archer alight and pass into the hotel.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts

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