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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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  • 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 turned off.
  • backlight produces a spectacular graphic image in this shot of shadows and tree trunks.
  • Automatically adjusts for daylight saving time and features an easel display and backlight for easy nighttime viewing.
  • Features an easel display, backlight, and countdown timer.
  • Using the sun to backlight and isolate the ski jumper creates a feeling of flight that is both quiet and intense.
  • The third sensor detects the amount of ambient light and lowers the intensity of the backlight accordingly.
  • Since the crystals themselves cannot produce light, it's necessary to provide a source-a backlight.
  • There's a rounded rear window, or backlight, topped by a slicked-back spoiler.

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