[ ih-loo-muh-ney-shuhn ]
/ ɪˌlu məˈneɪ ʃən /
an act or instance of illuminating.
the fact or condition of being illuminated.
a decoration of lights, usually colored lights.
Sometimes illuminations. an entertainment, display, or celebration using lights as a major feature or decoration.
intellectual or spiritual enlightenment.
Also called illuminance, intensity of illumination. Optics. the intensity of light falling at a given place on a lighted surface; the luminous flux incident per unit area, expressed in lumens per unit of area.
a supply of light: a source of illumination.
decoration of a manuscript or book with a painted design in color, gold, etc.
a design used in such decoration.
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Origin of illumination
OTHER WORDS FROM illuminationil·lu·mi·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounpre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-illumination
/ (ɪˌluːmɪˈneɪʃən) /
the act of illuminating or the state of being illuminated
a source of light
(often plural) mainly British a light or lights, esp coloured lights, used as decoration in streets, parks, etc
spiritual or intellectual enlightenment; insight or understanding
the act of making understood; clarification
decoration in colours, gold, or silver used on some manuscripts or printed works
physics another name (not in technical usage) for illuminance
Derived forms of illuminationilluminational, adjective
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