It is active, steadily holding up a gas lamp and illuminating the scene.
But a look back at that heady period is illuminating, because it seems light-years from our current political universe.
The most illuminating critical remark on Lardner came from an absurdly unlikely source, Virginia Woolf.
Whether vain, honest, or hilarious, their words are at least illuminating.
The fault lines within the Republican coalition were stark and illuminating for some representatives.
The big house lay hospitably open to the night—lights in the windows, lamps burning in the hall and illuminating the approach.
The debate which followed is one of the most illuminating in the early history of Congress.
Suddenly a new sun seemed to rise behind the army, illuminating its footsteps.
These were most affectionate and also illuminating on national matters.
The most illuminating silence of all, the most irresistible, is the Silence of Death.
c.1500, "to light up, shine on," a back-formation from illumination, or else from Latin illuminatus, past participle of illuminare (see illumination). Earlier was enlumyen (late 14c.) "decorate written material with gold, silver, bright colors," from Old French enluminer, from Late Latin inluminare; also illumine (late 14c.). Related: Illuminated; illuminating.