• 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

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