• WordNet 3.6
    • n limelight a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting
    • n limelight 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
  • Interesting fact: The word "limelight" that is used in theatre to refer to the performers on the stage originated because before electricity was available lime was burned in a lamp, which created a white light that was directed at the performers
    • limelight An intense light produced by heating lime. See Calcium light under Calcium.
    • n limelight (Theat) That part of the stage upon which the limelight is cast, usually where the most important action is progressing or where the leading player or players are placed and upon which the attention of the spectators is therefore concentrated.
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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 limelight Same as calcium light (which see, under calcium).
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In literature:

I guess if it hadn't been for Bill I'd never have got into the limelight at all.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Nonchalantly he sunned himself in the limelight, with that little touch of swagger that captures the imagination of girls.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
He loved the limelight like a showman.
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
The conductor, too, works hard at rehearsals; not, as you might think, with the stars, but, like the limelight man, with the youngsters.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Curtains at each of the windows are flooded with limelight of amber, Whence you may learn that the time is a fine afternoon in the season.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, April 12, 1916" by Various
There were some who bought jewels at the price of shame, and others who sold body and soul for an hour in the limelight.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
He avoided the limelight, and never courted publicity for himself.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
For the first time in his life he stood in the limelight.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
We just happen to be in the limelight.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Bill Seaton was such a man, even if he did enjoy the limelight and liked to be in a position of command.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long

In poetry:

Master of all the Arts, and, what was more,
Lord of the limelight blaze that let us know it -
You seemed a gift designed on purpose for
The flippant poet.
"Dies Irae " by Sir Owen Seaman
Who said of you "Defeated"? In the darkness
The dug-out where the limelight never comes,
Nor the big drum of Barnum's show can shatter
That vibrant stillness after all the drums.
"To the Unknown Warrior" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
THE far guns boom: shell-struck the church is rolled
Skyward athunder, dust of rose and gold:
The staring villa stands. So goes the War:
The limelight lives: extinguished is the star.
"Fortune of War" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
He comes when the gullies are wrapped in the gloaming
And limelights are trained on the tops of the gums,
To stand at the sliprails, awaiting the homing
Of one who marched off to the beat of the drums.
"Ownerless" by John Shaw Neilson
I've given interviews, an' 'ad me dile
Bang on the front page torkin' to a 'tec'.
Limelight? I'm swimmin' in it to the neck!
Me sunny smile
Beams on the crowd. Misun'erstandin's past;
An' I 'ave come into me own, at last.
"Spike Wegg" by C J Dennis
Out from the mob with its furious pace
Into the cool, quiet reaches of space;
Rid of Society's glittering chains,
Fleeing a prison and finding the plains;
Far from the clangor of murderous cars,
Losing the limelight, but gaining ... the stars!
"Retirement" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Look who's back in the limelight .
Seeking the limelight , with the help of star power.
Can Oprah, Beck, and Olbermann Succeed Outside the Limelight .
During the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24, President Obama put college costs in the national limelight and spoke directly to institutions of higher education.
Community college student in limelight .
'Teen Mom 2' giving Brunswick County lawyer taste of limelight .
Internet blackout puts online piracy fight in limelight .
Internet Blackout Puts Washington Online Piracy In Limelight .
Limelight Lounge opens its doors Friday evening.
Limelight Lounge features live jazz music and drinks at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.
Historic theatre in the limelight.
Berlusconi, Force in Italy Politics, to Abandon Limelight.
Local dog sees international limelight.
Long may women revel in limelight.
LSU doesn't mind the lack of limelight.

In science:

As the completion of RHIC drew closer, CERN heavyion physicists got together to try to assess the results of the CERN heavy-ion programme as it was winding down and before the limelight would move across the atlantic.
From SPS to RHIC: Maurice and the CERN heavy-ion programme
Another aspect which came to limelight recently is the fact that supersymmetry became instrumental in the solution of highly nontrivial dynamical issues in strongly coupled non-supersymmetric theories, which defied solutions for decades.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
This sharp and sometimes dramatic “Debate on Fractality” has been in the limelight almost the whole 20th century and still is.
Practical cosmology and cosmological physics
Today, one-to-many commercial streaming solutions are offered via content delivery networks (CDNs) such as Akamai, Limelight or VitalStream.
A stochastic model for distributed real time streaming - Evolution of the network structure
Antitrust investigation in the software industry, such as that of Microsoft before Internet times, put network effects into public limelight.
Exploring Network Economics