• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Illuminator A condenser or reflector of light in optical apparatus; also, an illuminant.
    • Illuminator One whose occupation is to adorn books, especially manuscripts, with miniatures, borders, etc. See Illuminate v. t., 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Limelight was how we lit the stage before electricity was invented. Basically, illumination was produced by heating blocks of lime until they glowed.
    • n illuminator One who or that which illuminates or gives light; a natural or artificial source of light, literally or figuratively: as, the sun is the primary illuminator.
    • n illuminator One who decorates manuscripts, books, etc., with ornamental pictures, designs, letters, etc., in the style called illumination.
    • n illuminator A lens or mirror in a microscope or other optical instrument for concentrating the light.
    • n illuminator A glass tile or floor-light.
    • n illuminator An apparatus for directing a beam of light upon some object, as in lighting parts of the body in surgical or medical examinations.
    • n illuminator A device for carrying a small electric light into the mouth in examining the teeth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Illuminator one who illuminates, esp. one who is employed in adorning books with coloured letters and illustrations
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “To most men experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illuminate only the track it has passed.”
  • Edwin Markham
    “The thing that is incredible is life itself. Why should we be here in this sun-illuminated universe? Why should there be green earth under our feet?”
  • Ernest Dimnet
    Ernest Dimnet
    “The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.”
  • Angelus Silesius
    Angelus Silesius
    “The name of Jesus is as ointment poured forth; It nourishes, and illumines, and stills the anguish of the soul.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., an enlightener, LL. also, an illuminator of books
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. illumināre, -ātumin, in, upon, lumināre, to cast light—lumen (=lucimen)—lucēre, to shine, light.


In literature:

In the evening the city of Rheims is everywhere illuminated.
"The Duchess of Berry and the Court of Charles X" by Imbert De Saint-Amand
His consideration for her helplessness illumined her suffering.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
We light up, and around its illumination each man tells what he has in his pockets, with parental preferences and bias.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
How it illumined the years gone by and suffused the living Future!
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
A goal gloriously illumined blazed on her from the distance.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
Another, of white marble, glimmered in the moonlight from the island of Antirrhodus; and farther still a blazing fire illumined the darkness.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
The lofty, spacious apartment was brilliantly illuminated, and the door was garlanded with flowers.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Within the room the dim light of the little lamp and the fiery glare of the lightning illumined tear-stained, agitated faces.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Three dusty incandescents illuminated this space.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
The flash illumined the corridor like lightning, down which the spectre passed with unfaltering, unhastening steps.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père

In poetry:

Her streets deserted and dim,
Lit only by myriads of stars,
That with shimm'ring light illumined the night,—
Among them was fiery Mars.
"The Christ Child" by Mary Weston Fordham
Love born of knowledge, love that gains
Vitality as Earth it mates,
The meaning of the Pleasures, Pains,
The Life, the Death, illuminates.
"The Thrush In February" by George Meredith
Until in his last years the change began:
A strange illumination of the heart,
Voices and visions such as mark the man
Chosen and set apart.
"Ode On The Death Of Pius The Twelfth" by A D Hope
And when their earthly toils are o'er,
And they repose beneath the sod,
Theirs be a home on that bright shore,
Illumined by the smile of God.
"Kind Gentlemen And Ladies Fair" by David John Scott
Tho' the sun still illumines the sky,
And beauty enriches the scene:
Yet he cannot their beauties descry,
While the tempest is raging within.
"A Summer's Evening's Contemplation" by Elizabeth Bath
Before the evening closes in,
Or night's dark curtains round us fall,
See how o'er tree, and spire, and hill,
That setting sun illumines all.
"Autumn And Sunset" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Inside the packed bar area, the tables are illuminated by the soft blue of the adjacent aquarium.
The elusive artist Swoon sets sail amongst Utopian seas and illuminates urban landscapes.
New LCD displays illuminate to indicate voltage, estimated runtime, AVR, faults and more.
LAND O' LIGHTS – Increased lighting illuminates the town's newest trophy gateway on Bearse's Way leading to the new community center.
Norfolk gears up for Grand Illumination.
Miromar Design Center seminar illuminates bedroom lighting.
Shaul Bakhash's review of Seale's Asad: The Struggle for the Middle East is in many ways illuminating.
That contrast - between the lyrically personal and the pseudofactual - illuminates precisely the source of the book's power, an effortless, balletic braiding of the subjective and the objective.
We were seated under the chandelier in the salon, which was also illuminated by candles.
A room- by-room guide for illuminating your home.
A museum housed in Kingston Penitentiary illuminates the lives of Canada's worst citizens.
These artists manipulate light so that the illuminated pieces and the areas just beyond the influence of light.
Lights on an internet switch illuminate a network cable THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld.
DNA could illuminate Islam's lineage .
Illuminating The Loading Dock With LEDs.

In science:

Rather than recapping all technical details in tedious length, we indicate the key steps of their proof and illuminate the differences that are necessary to adapt.
Random walks conditioned to stay in Weyl chambers of type C and D
We shall not give explicit formulas for stably isomorphic transition functions and for transition functions of a trivial 2-crossed module bundle 2-gerbe, since the respective expressions are rather cumbersome and not very illuminating.
Nonabelian bundle 2-gerbes
This system provides uniform and simultaneous illumination to all PMTs in the camera.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The logic is arranged such that the number of illuminated LEDs in the array runs from zero through seven sequentially so that over the course of many cycles the light intensity is ramped from off to maximum repeatedly.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The left plot is made with data from events where one LED was illuminated and the right plot is made with data from events where two LEDs were illuminated.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS