backlight

[ bak-lahyt ]
/ ˈbækˌlaɪt /

noun

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), back·light·ed or back·lit, back·light·ing.

to illuminate (something) from behind.

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Origin of backlight

First recorded in 1950–55; back1 + light1
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British Dictionary definitions for back light

back light

noun

light falling on a photographic or television subject from the rear
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