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backlight

[bak-lahyt] /ˈbækˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
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), backlighted or backlit, backlighting.
2.
to illuminate (something) from behind.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; back1 + light1
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British Dictionary definitions for back light

back light

noun
1.
light falling on a photographic or television subject from the rear
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