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Princeton's WordNet

  1. limelight, spotlight, glare, public eyenoun

    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 lightnoun

    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. limelightnoun

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

  2. limelightnoun

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 Although it has long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight.”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

    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. limelightnoun

    Superior or famous

  3. limelightnoun

    Looked up to, in a spot of responsibility

  4. limelightnoun

    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. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    The Chinese or their government are not the smartest people of our generation. It was only their better use and understanding of industrialization that brought them into the limelight or competition in the race for superpowers.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

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

  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. Susan Olsen:

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

  5. Anuj Somany:

    A hypocrite might also say/share nice quotes & things right, but puts own photo tight with that online post/thought to keep only own face, not words, in spotlight for praise & enjoy limelight.

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