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Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background: Put a backlight on that rain to make it more visible in this evening shot.
Electronics. the light source, often LED arrays, behind the screen of a flat-screen electronic display, as a television, computer monitor, or smartphone: A full-array LED backlight gives the picture a deeper color range than an edge-lit screen would.
verb (used with object), back·light·ed or back·lit, back·light·ing.
to illuminate from behind: One of the wedding photos is just a silhouette of the couple backlighted by the sunset on the beach.The hallway lamp backlit Mom when she cracked our bedroom door to check on us and whisper goodnight.
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How to use backlight in a sentence
Girls flung back light words at them, or tapped them on the arm in passing.Wide Courses|James Brendan Connolly
It has also additional contrivances for utilizing the back light.Michael Faraday|J. H. Gladstone
They're coming back light, and we can have a J. Murphy that is bigger than a whole lot of houses in this country.The Lions of the Lord|Harry Leon Wilson
I saw a small green snake today, very pretty, the back light green and the belly a pale yellow.William Clayton's Journal|William Clayton
Light comes through them, and they give back light, from the shining, fine down that covers them.A Northern Countryside|Rosalind Richards
British Dictionary definitions for backlight
light falling on a photographic or television subject from the rear
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