One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The spreading of light beyond its proper boundaries to form a fog round the edges of a bright image in a photograph or on a television screen.
- ‘If these are indeed the causes of halation, then I see no reason why halation should not also take place in a paper emulsion.’
- ‘This gives normal contrast range with highlight halation.’
- ‘With a regularity attributable to Therrien's use of templates, the forms share a richness and density and, often, a halation at each figure's thin edge.’
- ‘The function of pyrazolone derivative in silver halide photographic paper is as a filter to prevent halation and irradiation.’
- ‘The Sabatier edge effects, which appear as white lines between areas of distinctly different densities, were proven (by Stevens and Norrish in 1937) to be the result of diffusion halation.’
Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from halo + -ation.
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