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LIMELIGHT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does limelight mean? 

LIMELIGHT (noun)
  The noun LIMELIGHT has 2 senses:

1. a focus of public attention
2. a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting

  Familiarity information: LIMELIGHT used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LIMELIGHT (noun)


Sense 1limelight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A focus of public attention

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

limelight; public eye; spotlight; glare

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("limelight" is a kind of...):

prominence (the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent)


Sense 2limelight [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

calcium light; limelight

Hypernyms ("limelight" is a kind of...):

lamp (an artificial source of visible illumination)

Holonyms ("limelight" is a member of...):

theater light (any of various lights used in a theater)


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