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calcium light

a brilliant white light produced by heating lime to incandescence in an oxyhydrogen or other hot flame; limelight.
Also called oxycalcium light.
Origin of calcium light
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The guide struck off a calcium light to show us the formation of the ceiling.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
  • He has thrown a calcium light upon one spot, revealing some defects, and many eyes are for a time drawn towards it.

    The Education of American Girls Anna Callender Brackett
  • His words are parlando, but the orchestra illumines them with music clear as a calcium light.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Then a calcium light blazed from above, making a brilliant circle on the floor inside the red ropes.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • He found himself in the calcium light, holding the center of the stage, the focus of sporting interest and attention.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • If he would abuse the other side a little more, and stick in a little tinsel and calcium light he would be great.

  • The calcium light beamed upon the figure of the sleeping lady, while the rest of the stage was comparatively dark.

    Magic Ellis Stanyon
  • The strong moonlight of the foreground is produced by a calcium light thrown through a green glass.

  • Like the passing of a shutter across a calcium light: now blinding white, now blood-orange.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • The Rodin case puts a by no means seldom-recurring phenomenon in the centre of the stage under a calcium light.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
British Dictionary definitions for calcium light

calcium light

another name for limelight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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