• WordNet 3.6
    • v spotlight illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater
    • v spotlight move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"
    • n spotlight a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
    • n spotlight a focus of public attention "he enjoyed being in the limelight","when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Spotlight A lighting apparatus designed to throw an intense beam of light onto a small area.
    • Spotlight hence, conspicuous public notice.
    • Spotlight The projected spot or circle of light used to illuminate brilliantly a single person or object or group on the stage, leaving the rest of the stage more or less unilluminated.
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In literature:

Lloyd George is fascinatingly magnetic in and out of the spotlight while Smuts is more coldly logical.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
He shot the spotlight into the crannies.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
He abhorred the spotlight.
"No Clue" by James Hay
The spotlight is an arc light.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
The spotlight of Old Sol was on him as he rang the bell by the entry.
"Traffic in Souls" by Eustace Hale Ball
His spotlight clung to us.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
He would be playing as though followed by a spotlight.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
They had a spotlight on one of the cars which they kept moving in wide circles.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
But now suddenly each man felt the spotlight on himself, and he winced painfully.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
Slowly, the door swung back, and a rosy glow lit the opening, a glow that became as strong as the gleam of a spotlight.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
They prefer the shadows rather than the spotlight.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
He fingered the spotlight, preparing to snap it in the driver's eyes.
"Infinite Intruder" by Alan Edward Nourse
If that spotlight went on with his eyes at their present sensitivity, he'd be blind for hours.
"The Sensitive Man" by Poul William Anderson
Before him was the ride vehicle, in a single shaft of spotlight.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
She saw the spotlight in the hand of an officer up the deck and she hastened toward him.
"Ruth Fielding In the Red Cross" by Alice B. Emerson
Then Ruth touched the trigger of the big tungsten lamp, and the spotlight shot the herd at about the middle of its advance wave.
"Ruth Fielding In the Saddle" by Alice B. Emerson
She shot the spotlight of the hand lamp into the small room.
"Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound" by Alice B. Emerson
We all froze in our places, abruptly aware that the moon illuminated us like actors in a spotlight.
"The Image and the Likeness" by John Scott Campbell
It had footlights and spotlights.
"With the Battle Fleet" by Franklin Matthews
At most intelligence but throws a spotlight on that little part of the whole which marks out the axis of movement.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey

In poetry:

No matter where I go, the spotlight of my mind
Will ever keep turning on Thee;
And in the battle din of activity, my silent war-cry will be:
God! God! God!
"God! God! God!" by Paramahansa Yogananda

In news:

Davis Enters Basketball, Business Spotlight as Top NBA Draftee .
Anthony Davis said he told himself not to get nervous when his moment in the spotlight at the National Basketball Association draft arrived.
America's 10 Driest Cities List Spotlights Water Shortage Issues.
Spotlight on wining and dining in Driftwood.
Spotlight on wining and dining in Driftwood .
Hotel dustup puts LiLo back in the spotlight.
A Sommelier Gives San Diego the Spotlight.
Girls ages 5 to 12 had their moment in the spotlight as 'Mini Wildcat Cheerleaders' at the West Seattle football game Sept 21.
The 37th South Bay Invitational shone a bright spotlight on South Bay runners last Friday at Rohr Park.
Midlands Girls Prepare for National Spotlight.
BYU football: Unheralded BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah has stepped into spotlight.
Facebook Again in Spotlight on Privacy.
Miller received a donation that helped him renovate the old storage room that is now filled with computers and other fact-finding equipment and will soon feature MPL Studio 13, a broadcasting program spotlighting Millington news.
Advertisers put obese people in the spotlight.
Spotlighting the younger professionals driving media's next-gen innovation.

In science:

Since its proof, in the Annals of Mathematics in 1931, the (multilinear and polynomial) Bohnenblust– Hille inequalities were overlooked for decades (see ) and only returned to the spotlights in the last few years with works of A.
There exist multilinear Bohnenblust-Hille constants $(C_{n})_{n=1}^{\infty}$ with $\displaystyle \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}(C_{n+1}-C_{n}) =0.$
They are very interesting ob jects in any case and the observations scheduled in the near future will keep them in the spotlight.
AM CVn stars
After roughly 40 years with GRBs in the scientific spotlight, we are converging towards a working theory for GRBs.
Gamma-Ray Bursts, Collisionless Shocks and Synthetic Spectra
This solves difficulty F1. But this brings into the spotlight the role played by Fself = 0.
Frisch, Muller and Belot on an Inconsistency in Classical Electrodynamics
These exciting possibilities spotlight advancing radio astronomy: ASKAP is a key step on the strategic pathway towards the SKA.
Science with ASKAP - the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder
Abstract While tested to a high level of accuracy in the Solar system, general relativity is under the spotlight of both theoreticians and observers on larger scales, mainly because of the need to introduce dark matter and dark energy in the cosmological model.
Tests of General Relativity on Astrophysical Scales
However, we put the above notions in the spotlight and provide a self-contained, purely measure-theoretic, detailed and thorough investigation of their properties, and in that aspect our paper enhances and complements the existing literature.
Borel and Continuous Systems of Measures
In the spotlight of our work are mapping properties of systems of measures.
Borel and Continuous Systems of Measures
Triangular flow came under the spotlight in 2010, and the subject was reviewed in detail at this conference : event-by-event ”triangularity” fluctuations in the participants’ distribution could lead to a triangular modulation (v3 ) in the azimuthal distributions.
Hard Probes 2010: Experimental Summary
Currently, the world’s spotlights are on the LHC and its experiments.
Moriond 2012, QCD and High Energy Interactions: Experimental Summary
Mass splittings in the Υ system and again decay constants and form factors are of interest; see Tab. 4 for a spotlight and [61,62] for recent reviews.
Recent Progress in Lattice QCD
This is done to “spotlight” the different morphologies of the possible neutrino signals.
Searching for the High Energy Neutrino counterpart of the Fermi Bubbles signal or from Dark Matter annihilation