Definition of illumination in English:

illumination

noun

  • 1Lighting or light.

    ‘higher levels of illumination are needed for reading’
    • ‘Above our table were small, hanging lights whose subtle illumination was overpowered by the streetlights, a reminder of the restaurant's location.’
    • ‘This list includes the brushed metal-look instrument panel trim, ambient foot lights, and welcome illumination.’
    • ‘An entire show had been cancelled and the theatre hall spruced up with translucent blue illumination and coloured-halogen lights that danced to the music on smoke screens.’
    • ‘In the end, the driver crawled along until he could get into a lay-by using only his indicator light for illumination, and used his own mobile to call the police.’
    • ‘The lighting that is currently in place is extremely poor, with only six lights providing dim illumination inside the subway.’
    • ‘Where access is not too long and difficult, battery packs like those used for video lights can provide excellent illumination.’
    • ‘She performed on a bare stage with minimal props; only fairly late in her career did she employ lighting effects beyond mere illumination.’
    • ‘General or background lighting provides an overall level of illumination when natural light levels are low.’
    • ‘Soft lighting provides much better illumination - witness how much darker a road is when full of cars with headlights switched on compared with a road with just amber street lights.’
    • ‘The headlamps' illumination was the first light this pitch-black place had known in decades, possibly centuries.’
    • ‘I rarely venture into the fridge before work, and when I get home, the kitchen light provides ample illumination.’
    • ‘They crawled down the crawlway; the inside cold and dark; only a few dim lights providing illumination.’
    • ‘It meant going miles out, in heavy swells; it meant shooting in the pre-dawn gloom with only harbour lights for illumination.’
    • ‘This crosswalk provides for push button activated flashing yellow hazard lights and illumination of the crosswalk area.’
    • ‘The most amazing thing about it is that you get about 12 times the battery life of a light putting out comparable illumination.’
    • ‘The basement was dank and dark with no windows and only a few strategically placed fluorescent lights for illumination.’
    • ‘A third of the light generated by street illumination goes straight upwards, which is a terrible waste and of no benefit to anybody.’
    • ‘Last night, creeping along in the dark, with no illumination but the lights of the vehicles, I could see little.’
    • ‘It comes equipped with transmitted and reflected light illumination.’
    • ‘The use of blue light in this experiment is important because white light illumination caused significant heating artifacts.’
    light, lighting, radiance, gleam, glitter, brilliance, glow, glare, dazzle, flash, shimmer
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    1. 1.1often illuminations A display of lights on a building or other structure.
      • ‘Still, the serial light illuminations that made the nights more cheerful during the past few days told their own story.’
      • ‘Behind her, there was another torch lit and another, until the great room itself was filled with lights and illuminations to bewilder even the lavished of all Romans.’
      • ‘Street lamps, spotlights, illuminations, adverts, security lighting and three million houses, all contribute to the most severe light pollution in the UK, beaming light upwards where it isn't needed.’
      • ‘How about a dinner party for 14 at the giant oval dining table, lit by four vast pendant lights, further illuminations kindly provided by the Square Mile?’
      • ‘The inside had millions of illuminations allowing light into the station.’
      • ‘From ice lanterns, people evolved ever more elaborate ice sculpture decorated with colourful illuminations.’
      • ‘Now the illuminations were lights put onto the buildings, and they actually detail it, it's a changeover in the technology again.’
      • ‘I said imagining her putting on her best frock and heading for the bright lights that is Blackpool illuminations.’
  • 2Physics

    another term for illuminance
  • 3The art of illuminating a manuscript.

    • ‘During the twelfth century the sculptural decoration, manuscript illumination, stone towers on churches and stained glass were all successively proscribed.’
    • ‘France had maintained a longstanding tradition of floral decoration in art and manuscript illumination since the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘It is an emphasis and a faith apparent in the manuscript illumination and the great crucifixes of the Ottonian period and expressed in the liturgy of the church.’
    • ‘The portrait miniature seems to be a development of two older traditions: the medieval illumination of manuscripts and the Renaissance portrait medal, which was itself a revival of a classical form.’
    • ‘The ancient art of book illumination was still the prevailing form of painting in France at the beginning of the 15th century.’
    decoration, illustration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation
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    1. 3.1 An illuminated design in a manuscript.
      • ‘The exhibition will include performances each Sunday, award winning sculpture, old Morecambe illuminations, neon signs, clothing and music from different world religions.’
      • ‘There are, of course, pictures of boats aplenty in medieval art - on the Bayeux Tapestry, for example, and in stained glass and manuscript illuminations.’
      • ‘There are relatively few surviving pieces of medieval date, so the study of armour is largely dependent on the evidence of monumental effigies, manuscript illuminations, and documentary sources such as accounts and inventories.’
      • ‘The stylized sprigs on the drawer fronts and the insides of the doors could have been copied from Indian manuscript illuminations or from Indian textiles.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly, the best comparisons are with manuscript illuminations produced in the Winchester and Canterbury workshops, such as the famous Trinity Gospels in Cambridge, which were probably made in about 1020.’
      decoration, illustration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation
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  • 4Clarification.

    ‘these books form the most sustained analysis and illumination of the subject’
    • ‘If the artist bends his or her will, at whatever cost, to the illumination of difficult moral, social and psychological problems, this must sooner or later find a deep response in the population.’
    • ‘The data collection and analysis are subsequently geared to the illumination or resolution of the research issue or problem that has been identified at the outset.’
    • ‘Even in the war itself, in its inherent character, we have the illumination of a great social principle which has a vital bearing on our theology of sin.’
    • ‘Moreover, her reading does allow for the illumination of crucial aspects of Smithson's practice that might otherwise have gone undetected.’
    clarification, elucidation, explanation, revelation, explication, exposition, exegesis, rationalization
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    1. 4.1 Spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.
      • ‘Before his illumination, Rousseau's thoughts had turned incessantly upon his relation to his fellow men.’
      • ‘Socrates was put to death, but the Socratic philosophy rose like the sun in heaven, and spread its illumination over the whole intellectual firmament.’
      • ‘Today I shall search for sources of spiritual illumination and reach out to them in order to absorb their light.’
      • ‘So perhaps a theological illumination is the kind of enlightenment which Bach is pointing us towards and one which doesn't suggest a triumph of human reason, which is a triumph which can only fail in the end.’
      • ‘The book is not just for parents with new babies or parents-to-be - I hope it brings enlightenment and illumination to all members of a family, because we've all been babies before.’
      • ‘Through his narrative of the illumination, Rousseau mythologized the violence of breaking this mold as the liberation of self through the experience of accident.’
      • ‘Electricity enthralled Shelley: its sparkling, elusive, almost magical qualities resembled nothing so much as poetic inspiration, or spiritual illumination.’
      • ‘And then, with our mind made impassible and spiritual, we shall participate in a spiritual illumination from him, and in a union that transcends our mental faculties.’
      enlightenment, insight, revelation, discovery
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from late Latin illuminatio(n-), from the verb illuminare (see illuminate).

Pronunciation:

illumination

/iˌlo͞oməˈnāSH(ə)n/