What does illumination mean?

Definitions for illumination
ɪˌlu məˈneɪ ʃənil·lu·mi·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. light, illuminationnoun

    a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination

    "follow God's light"

  2. illuminationnoun

    the degree of visibility of your environment

  3. clarification, elucidation, illuminationnoun

    an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

    "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"

  4. illuminance, illuminationnoun

    the luminous flux incident on a unit area

  5. miniature, illuminationnoun

    painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)


  1. illuminationnoun

    The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.

  2. illuminationnoun

    Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.

  3. illuminationnoun

    Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See illuminate (transitive verb).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Illuminationnoun

    Etymology: illuminatio, Lat. illumination, Fr. from illuminate.

    The sun is but a body illightened, and an illumination created. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Flow'rs are strew'd, and lamps in order plac'd,
    And windows with illuminations grac'd. John Dryden, Pers.

    The illuminators of manuscripts borrowed their title from the illumination which a bright genius giveth to his work. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    Hymns and psalms are such kinds of prayer as are not conceived upon a sudden; but framed by meditation beforehand, or by prophetical illumination are inspired. Richard Hooker.

    We have forms of prayers imploring God's aid and blessing for the illumination of our labours, and the turning them into good and holy uses. Francis Bacon.

    No holy passion, no illumination, no inspiration, can be now a sufficient commission to warrant those attempts which contradict the common rules of peace. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illuminationnoun

    the act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated

  2. Illuminationnoun

    festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights

  3. Illuminationnoun

    adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3

  4. Illuminationverb

    that which is illuminated, as a house; also, an ornamented book or manuscript

  5. Illuminationverb

    that which illuminates or gives light; brightness; splendor; especially, intellectual light or knowledge

  6. Illuminationverb

    the special communication of knowledge to the mind by God; inspiration

  7. Etymology: [L. illuminatio: cf. F. illumination.]


  1. Illumination

    Illumination is an album by R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire. It was released in September 2005 on Sanctuary Records. It featured collaborations with several artists including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenny G, Kelly Rowland, will.i.am, and Brian McKnight. Illumination debuted at number 32 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and number 8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illumination in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illumination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of illumination in a Sentence

  1. Harald Haas:

    All we would need to do is to fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device. And this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission, and it's this symbiosis that I personally believe could solve the four essential problems that face us in wireless communication these days. And in the future, you would not only have 14 billion light bulbs, you may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide -- for a cleaner, a greener, and even a brighter future.

  2. Andrew Lang:

    He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than for illumination.

  3. The Brown Daily Herald.Additionally:

    But I never could have imagined the release of the initiative would come on the heels of one of the most heart-wrenching moments in our nation's history — the death of George Floyd and the illumination of the longstanding problem in this country of anti-black racism — and I am truly sorry for the impact the collision of these circumstances have had on so many in our community.

  4. Sir Winston Churchill:

    Statistics are like a drunk with a lampost: used more for support than illumination.

  5. Bryant McGill:

    Seek for illumination of self, and then the world, through the simple, humble, almighty, supreme virtue of love.

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