• WordNet 3.6
    • v illumine make lighter or brighter "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
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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.
    • v. t Illumine To illuminate; to light up; to adorn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • illumine To illuminate; light up; throw light upon, literally or figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Illumine to make luminous or bright: to enlighten: to adorn
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  • Peter Abelard
    Peter Abelard
    “The purpose and cause of the incarnation was that He might illuminate the world by His wisdom and excite it to the love of Himself.”
  • 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.”
  • James Thurber
    “There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. illuminer,. See Illuminate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. illumināre, -ātumin, in, upon, lumināre, to cast light—lumen (=lucimen)—lucēre, to shine, light.


In literature:

It was a rare, illuminating smile that made him wonderfully attractive, and Harry smiled back.
"The Guns of Bull Run" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It only seemed so, at the first moment, by contrast with the glaring illumination of the street.
"Egypt (La Mort De Philae)" by Pierre Loti
The illumination continues, as bright and placid as before.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Tom did some night stalking and found his illuminating bullets a great success.
"Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle" by Victor Appleton
In the evening, there was upon the river a fine illumination, which Monsieur and Madame went to see.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
Fireworks and illuminations were not spared.
"Memoirs Of The Court Of Marie Antoinette, Queen Of France, Complete" by Madame Campan
His frank, hard face was illuminated.
"The Red Lily, Complete" by Anatole France
The flames illuminated her as she descended.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
The stray beam balefully illuminating her marriage slipped from her involuntarily.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
Without having a great brain, the measure of it possessed by Skepsey was alive under strong illumination.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith

In poetry:

Yet lend my hand your hand, and let us sit
And see your life unfolding like a scroll,
Rich with illuminated blazon, fit
For your arm-bearing soul.
"Age To Youth" by Edith Nesbit
We enter it just as crimson flush
Of morn illumines the hills with light,
And patiently wait the first mad rush
Of pinions soaring in airy flight.
"Autumn Days" by William Henry Drummond
Now fainter shines,
As Day declines,
The lustrous height which he resigns;
The shadows gain
Th' illumined plane;
The Jungfrau pales, as if in pain.
"Sunset At Interlaken" by John Lawson Stoddard
Shine in our darkness, Light of light,
Our minds illumine, disperse our night;
Make us responsive to Thy will;
Our souls with all Thy fullness fill.
"Lord of Our Life, Whom We Fear" by Samuel Francis Smith
High in what hills, by what illuminations
Are you intelligible? Your fierce latinity
Beyond the nubian bulwark of the sea
Sustains the immaculate sight.
"Ignis Fatuus" by Allen Tate
Before this thought the present hour recedes,
As from the beach a billow backward rolls,
And the great past, rich in heroic deeds
Illuminates our souls!
"Arms And The Man - The Embattled Colonies" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Tool includes twin-beam headlights to illuminate work area, along with other features.
But above all, they illuminate inspired pathways for restoring nature and people in the re-enchantment of Earth.
Wireless Solutions W-DMX BlackBox RP-512 repeater was recently installed in Stoke on Trent, UK, and in Gradara, Italy, to illuminate exterior architectural features by overcoming some tricky environmental obstacles.
Quick charging times, easy tip replacement and ample illumination are at the top of this reviewer's list.
Ethel' illuminates a reticent subject.
Known for illuminating fantastic nightmares in picture book form -- like his most famous book "Where the Wild Things Are," writer and artist Maurice Sendak died Tuesday at age 83.
Saint Mark 's Cathedral hosts exhibition of illuminated, hand-written Bible.
A match made in heaven, you're thinking, illuminated by their journeys to hell and back.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks's new novel, People of the Book, explores the history of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah – one of the earliest illuminated Jewish volumes.
In a world of fusion cuisine and halogen-illuminated sushi bars, one local restaurant has just gotten a blast from its past.
PONSIDE—After a month without power, the parking lot between Thomas and Burroughs streets regained illumination on Sept 30.
'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee' review: Robin Wright illuminates story of self-discovery .
Thanks to studs, beads and posh paillettes, everything this spring is illuminated.
A real wedded couple illuminated the roles of Kate and Petruchio in Stephen Mills' well-loved ballet.
The Hirshhorn Museum will be illuminated with colors and moving images during Doug Aitken's "Song 1" exhibition through May 13.

In science:

Individual science frames were corrected for bias level, differential shutter open time, flat fields, and illumination gradients.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
C (B , V ), and assumes no reddening of the illuminating star.
Is there ERE in bright nebulae?
HII regions, where the cloud surfaces are illuminated by the high energy field of the young stars.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
The illuminated edge is viewed very close to edge-on and the illuminating star (σ Ori) lies at the same distance.
The Horsehead nebula, a template source for interstellar physics and chemistry
The presented treatment of the implemented operations assumes homogeneous illumination via the global beam, i.e., an identical Rabi frequency for all ions, as well as a narrow beam for individual phase rotations that solely illuminates the addressed ion.
Detection of systematic errors in quantum experiments