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.

Nearby words

  1. backing dog,
  2. backing light,
  3. backing store,
  4. backlash,
  5. backless,
  6. backlighting,
  7. backlins,
  8. backlist,
  9. backlit,
  10. backlite

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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