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hard light

noun, Cinematography.
directed light, especially light whose beams are relatively parallel, producing distinct shadows and a harsher modeling effect on the subject. Unabridged
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  • Like Jane Eyre, Villette is steeped in the romantic spirit, but the hard light of reason again dispels the illusion.

    Woman's Work in English Fiction Clara Helen Whitmore
  • A hard light crept into her eyes as she looked down at him from where she stood.

    The One-Way Trail Ridgwell Cullum
  • Tom Chester watched him with a hard light in his clear eye, and a moistening of the palms of his hands.

    The Boss of Taroomba E. W. Hornung
  • For the first time he saw the hard light of self-mastery in her eyes.

    Nedra George Barr McCutcheon
  • Doctor Prescott did not raise or quicken his clear voice; his eyes did not flash, but they gave out a hard light.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • I watched him close, and I saw a crafty, hard light in his eyes as if the tiger in him had come for a look out of doors.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • Their helmets gleamed in the bright, hard light from a sun that looked uncomfortably small to an Earthman's eyes.

    Anchorite Randall Garrett
  • What may happen is, that the nature of the girl will declare itself, under the hard light of intimacy, vulgar.

  • When he once more faced the boys, the hard light had vanished from the blinking eyes, and a softer light shone there.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • A hard light came into the Martian's eyes as he stared straight at the Earthman.

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