What does limelight mean?

Definitions for limelightˈlaɪmˌlaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word limelight.

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 Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight.”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

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Meadows:

    I don't like being in the limelight. It is fearful whenever you do doing something like this.

  2. Susan Olsen:

    My heart right now is going to her four children, i always felt we stole the limelight from them.

  3. Julian Lennon:

    Anyone must remember that dad left when I was 3 years old, mom and I lived out of the limelight. We lived a totally different life.

  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. 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.

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