Definitions for limelightˈlaɪmˌlaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lime•lightˈlaɪmˌlaɪt(n.)

  1. a position at the center of public attention, observation, or notoriety:

    an artist in the limelight.

  2. (formerly) a spotlight unit for the stage, using a flame of mixed gases directed at a cylinder of lime and a special lens to concentrate the light in a strong beam. the light so produced.

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Origin of limelight:

1820–30

Princeton's WordNet

  1. limelight, spotlight, glare, public eye(noun)

    a focus of public attention

    "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency"

  2. limelight, calcium light(noun)

    a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. limelight(noun)ˈlaɪmˌlaɪt

    public interest or fame

    She stole the limelight with her stunning clothes.

Wiktionary

  1. limelight(Noun)

    A type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls, producing a bright light by the use of incandescent quicklime.

  2. limelight(Noun)

    Attention, notice, a starring or central role, present fame.

Freebase

  1. Limelight

    Limelight is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. An intense illumination is created when an oxyhydrogen flame is directed at a cylinder of quicklime, which can be heated to 2,572 °C before melting. The light is produced by a combination of incandescence and candoluminescence. Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight.” The actual lights are called limes, a term which has been transferred to electrical equivalents. A pun is sometimes made in theater productions on the two meanings of "lime" by using lime-colored light in a production.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Limelight

    a bright light caused by making a stream of two gases, oxygen and nitrogen, play in a state of ignition on a piece of compact quicklime.

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