• WordNet 3.6
    • v illuminate make lighter or brighter "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
    • v illuminate make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear "Could you clarify these remarks?","Clear up the question of who is at fault"
    • v illuminate add embellishments and paintings to (medieval manuscripts)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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.
    • a Illuminate Enlightened.
    • n Illuminate One who is enlightened; esp., a pretender to extraordinary light and knowledge.
    • Illuminate To adorn, as a book or page with borders, initial letters, or miniature pictures in colors and gold, as was done in manuscripts of the Middle Ages.
    • v. i Illuminate To light up in token or rejoicing.
    • Illuminate To light up; to decorate with artificial lights, as a building or city, in token of rejoicing or respect.
    • Illuminate To make light; to throw light on; to supply with light, literally or figuratively; to brighten.
    • Illuminate To make plain or clear; to dispel the obscurity to by knowledge or reason; to explain; to elucidate; as, to illuminate a text, a problem, or a duty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • illuminate To give light to; light up.
    • illuminate To light up profusely; decorate with many lights, as for festivity, triumph, or homage: as, to illuminate one's house and grounds; the city was illuminated in honor of the victory.
    • illuminate To enlighten; inform; impart intellectual or moral light to.
    • illuminate To throw light upon; make luminous or clear; illustrate or elucidate.
    • illuminate To decorate in color by hand; adorn with pictures, ornamental letters, designs, etc., in colors, gold, silver, etc., in flat tints, especially without shading, or with merely conventional shading: as, the illuminated missals or manuscripts of the middle ages.
    • illuminate To display a profusion of lights, in order to express joy, triumph, etc.
    • illuminate Enlightened; illuminated.
    • illuminate Decorated with or as with colored pictures.
    • n illuminate One who makes pretension to extraordinary light and knowledge. See illuminati.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Illuminate il-lū′min-āt to light up: to enlighten: to illustrate: to adorn with ornamental lettering or illustrations
    • adj Illuminate enlightened
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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.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”
  • 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. illuminatus, p. p. of illuminare,; pref. il-, in + luminare, to enlighten, fr. lumen, light. See Luminous, and cf. Illume Illumine Enlimn Limn


In literature:

This is a very convenient way to measure the pressure of the illuminating gas in our homes and offices.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
If the body is positively charged at first, we cannot discharge it by illumination.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
Gas has its virtues as an illuminant also, and is favored by many on account of the softness of the light.
"The Complete Home" by Various
So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
Herschel saw no phase at an epoch when only 7/10 of the nucleus could be illuminated by the sun.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
On the first page large illuminated initial with floral border ornament, and similar initials at the head of the several books.
"Catalogue of the William Loring Andrews Collection of Early Books in the Library of Yale University" by Anonymous
The first illuminated leaf of the text is stained; so is the second leaf, not illuminated.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
We are making preparations to illuminate.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
If his judgment needed divine illumination for the selection of his materials, it was given him.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various

In poetry:

She is lying in state, this fair June day,
While the bee from the rose its sweetness sips;
Her heart thrills not at the lark's clear lay,
Though a smile illumines her pallid lips.
"Transition" by Mary Eliza Ireland
The sun stood still in Gibeon. Forever so, it's willing
to illuminate those waging battle and killing.
I may not see My wife when her blood is shed,
But I want to die in My own bed.
"I Want To Die In My Own Bed" by Yehuda Amichai
Peace, my soul! why doubt or fear?
God is near thee; God is here!
Though thy way be dark and dim,
'Tis illumined still by Him;
And if e'er the break of day
Gild thy path—'tis His the ray.
"God ever Near" by John Bowring
He did not feel the driver's whip,
Nor the burning heat of day;
For Death had illumined the Land of Sleep,
And his lifeless body lay
A worn-out fetter, that the soul
Had broken and thrown away!
"The Slave's Dream" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I brood o’er my thoughts in the stillness of night;
I cannot forget him – would not, if I might
T’is the star that illumines my desolate way,
And gives it the glory and brightness of day.
"Blue Bell" by S C Edgarton
Bright o'er the border of the stream,
Illumined by a transient beam,
She knew the wonted grove;
Her lover's hand had deck'd it fine,
And roses mix'd with myrtles twine
To form the bower of love.
"Monimia. An Ode" by John Logan

In news:

On this occasion, during one of his rare visits to the United States, Emir Kusturica illuminates his approach to his work which remains controversial at home and abroad.
With the thermometer reading -8F Saturday morning, January 24, 2009, a backlit sun illuminates frost patterns on the picture window of our house in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hip-Hop Moves and Revolving Police Lights Illuminate a Flammable Scene.
Artist illuminates a gallery of gloriously font-powered superheroes.
PARIS–Designer Sherri Mojica and photographer Richard Toonkel of the creative studio Go Figure covered the Maison Objet fair in Paris, and reported that the halls were filled with illuminating and innovative product displays.
ACM SIGACT Presents Gödel Prize for Research that Illuminated Effects of Selfish Internet Use.
Set in the Rockefeller Center complex, this alluring seafood restaurant is one of the most festive spots during the holiday season with its windows facing the giant illuminated Christmas tree.
That wasn't easy with illumination coming from two bare 100W incandescent bulbs.
The millions of lights on theater marquees and billboard advertisements that illuminate The Great White Way are being replaced by energy-saving bulbs under the new Broadway Goes Green initiative.
LED pathway lights and other energy-efficient lighting can be used to illuminate your landscape.
Enova Illumination's Model D-200 LED surgical headlight provides 200,000 lux brightness, pure white illumination (6100 degrees Kelvin), comfort and reliability – 5 year warranty.
The varied reactions to your Aug 18 editorial on Rudolf Hess (letters, Sept 8) illustrate that the long shadow of history quite often obscures rather than illuminates the facts.
"Oh, no," I thought as I stared at that illuminated message in the dash.
Imagine illuminating your lamp by running water in your sink.
High- Wattage CFLs Illuminate Downlighting Applications.

In science:

Abergel et al. (2003) conclude that the material behind the illuminated edge may be non homogenous with clump sizes of ∼10−3 pc or smaller.
Density structure of the Horsehead nebula photo-dissociation region
Last for an illuminating discussion of this point).
Stability of the Absolutely Continuous Spectrum of Random Schroedinger Operators on Tree Graphs
To better illuminate the transformation properties of the partition function we have replaced the diagonal mass matrix by MRL and MLR .
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
Incoherent Scattering and Stray Light Non-optical surfaces that are illuminated in the optical train will produce some level of incoherent scattering and stray-light.
Coronographic Methods for the Detection of Terrestrial Planets
Our results refer to the simplifying but remarkably illuminating limiting case of an infinite correlation length along one direction and a finite but strictly positive correlation length along the perpendicular direction in the plane.
Ballistic transport in random magnetic fields with anisotropic long-ranged correlations