back-light

backlight

[bak-lahyt]
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:
1950–55; back1 + light1

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