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  1. a controlled technique of lighting, used in photography or the theater, in which a light is placed behind or at right angles to an object, person, or scene to produce such effects as depth or separation of subject and background.
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Origin of backlighting

First recorded in 1950–55; back1 + lighting
Also called rim lighting.


  1. Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.
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verb (used with object), back·light·ed or back·lit, back·light·ing.
  1. to illuminate (something) from behind.
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Origin of backlight

First recorded in 1950–55; back1 + light1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018