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illumination

Noun

1 a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God's light" [syn: light]
2 the degree of visibility of your environment
3 an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook" [syn: clarification, elucidation]
4 the luminous flux incident on a unit area [syn: illuminance]
5 painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts) [syn: miniature]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated.
  2. Festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights.
  3. Adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations. See Illuminate, v. t., 3.

Translations

the act of illuminating, or supplying with light; the state of being illuminated
  • Kurdish:
festive decoration of houses or buildings with lights
  • Hungarian: kivilágítás
adornment of books and manuscripts with colored illustrations

Extensive Definition

Illumination might refer to:

See also

illumination in German: Illumination
illumination in Spanish: Iluminación
illumination in French: Illumination
illumination in Japanese: イルミネーション
illumination in Polish: Oświetlenie
illumination in Slovak: Iluminácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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