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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


  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.


  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 Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight.”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.

Rap Dictionary

  1. limelight(noun)

    Spotlight, in the middle of/main feature It has nothing to do with limes, the fruit. Lime is also a mineral that burns very brightly and was used in old stage lighting. Background poseurs fiend for limelight exposure -- Indelible MC's (Weight) .

  2. limelight(noun)

    Superior or famous

  3. limelight(noun)

    Looked up to, in a spot of responsibility

  4. limelight(noun)

    Under watch (under the spotlight as in police questioning) Fu** the limelight, we rhyme tight, plus snatch the goods -- Pharoahe Monch featuring Busta Rhymes, Lady Luck, Method Man, Redman, Shabaam Sahdeeq (Simon Says Remix) +3

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limelight in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limelight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of limelight in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A talent shines bright till he remains away from the limelight, because under the spotlight the glare of bulb and tube light dims his light.

  2. Bruno Julliard:

    We must put in the limelight those who support values that our close to ours, which is the case of Tel Aviv, a city that is often detested by the most radical Israelis.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    A sensible celeb parents keep always own children away from media limelight,paparazzi and shutterbugs until those kids become adults to start own profession.

  4. Erik Pevernagie:

    Keeping a low profile does not allow passion or excitement, unless it is restrained. Lying low does definitely not stand any limelight.

  5. John Murray:

    There’s a lot of jobs that depend on the cruise business in the states, unfortunately, for ports, not every state has a port. Every state has airports so that gets high visibility in the national limelight. Seaports don’t necessarily get that coverage because not every state has one.

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