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[hey-ley-shuh n, ha-]
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noun Photography.
  1. a blurred effect around the edges of highlight areas in a photographic image caused by reflection and scattering of light through the emulsion from the back surface of the film support or plate.

Origin of halation

First recorded in 1855–60; hal(o) + -ation
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Examples from the Web for halation

Historical Examples

  • Nor did the disturbing influence of the glare and halation of Kimberley only affect the vision of the diamond men within the town.

    A Handbook of the Boer War

    Gale and Polden, Limited

  • As at Sannah's Post, so again at Lindley the halation of a word or two in his orders fogged the image on his retina.

    A Handbook of the Boer War

    Gale and Polden, Limited

  • Halation is the term used to denote the spreading of light beyond its proper place on the negative.

  • The first advantage, which I soon discovered, is their entire freedom from halation.

British Dictionary definitions for halation


  1. photog fogging usually seen as a bright ring surrounding a source of light: caused by reflection from the back of the film

Word Origin

C19: from halo + -ation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

halation in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. Blurring of the visual image due to glare from strong illumination.
  2. A blurring or spreading of light around bright areas on a photographic image.
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