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.
to illuminate (something) from behind.

1950–55; back1 + light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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When skies are blue, shoot toward the sun-backlight makes individual blooms really pop.
There's no backlight, no glare-and no need ever to turn it off, because e-ink
  draws power only when you actually turn a page.
In the brief moments between each successive screen image, the backlight is
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Backlight produces a spectacular graphic image in this shot of shadows and tree
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