[ lahy-ting ]
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  1. the act of igniting or illuminating: the lighting of many candles; the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.

  2. the arrangement of lights to achieve particular effects: to work out the lighting for one's living room.

  1. an effect achieved by the arrangement of lights: Several critics praised the lighting of the play.

  2. the science, theory, or method of achieving particular effects by the use of lights.

  3. the way light falls upon a face, object, etc., especially in a picture.

Origin of lighting

First recorded before 1000; Middle English lightinge, Old English līhting; equivalent to light1 + -ing1

Other words from lighting

  • self-lighting, adjective

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How to use lighting in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lighting


/ (ˈlaɪtɪŋ) /

  1. the act or quality of illumination or ignition

  2. the apparatus for supplying artificial light effects to a stage, film, or television set

  1. the distribution of light on an object or figure, as in painting, photography, etc

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