But she did haul some illuminating language out of him all the same.
It is active, steadily holding up a gas lamp and illuminating the scene.
In the event of a power outage, it is safest to use flashlights, as illuminating a house with candles poses a severe fire hazard.
But a look back at that heady period is illuminating, because it seems light-years from our current political universe.
Theatre critic Michael Riedel talks about his sharp pen, illuminating and eviscerating the denizens of Broadway.
The big house lay hospitably open to the night—lights in the windows, lamps burning in the hall and illuminating the approach.
What she heard was as instructive and illuminating to her as Chinese would have been.
Suddenly a new sun seemed to rise behind the army, illuminating its footsteps.
It burned fitfully, illuminating only a tiny zone in the darkness.
The most illuminating silence of all, the most irresistible, is the Silence of Death.
c.1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.