American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A focus of public attention.
- n. An early type of stage light in which lime was heated to incandescence producing brilliant illumination.
- n. The brilliant white light so produced. Also called calcium light.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls, producing a bright light by the use of incandescent quicklime.
- n. by extension Attention, notice, a starring or central role, present fame.
GNU Webster's 1913
- An intense light produced by heating lime. See Calcium light under calcium.
- n. (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. a conspicuous position before the public; the center of public attention; -- used mostly in the phrase in the limelight.
- n. 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. a focus of public attention
- lime + light (Wiktionary)
“The plan that has been labeled "socialist" ever since Joe the Plumber stepped into the limelight is the inevitable consequence when the federal government has spent itself into the ground.”
“Well he is trying to steal the environmental limelight from the Copenhagen conference in announcing his £20bn initiative to basically get people back to work and off the doll, oh but it is environmentally friendly too.”
“Hillary's idea, not approved by the President, in order to reccuperate limelight from the opaque secretary of state performance of Hillary.”
“I still remember the reaction from many of my liberal confederates who thought she would slip from view once the limelight from the campaign dimmed, but it was clear to me that she had found a foothold and a table at which she could roll her dice.”
“But even the Macedonian can't steal the limelight from the Greek striker Gekas, who has embarked on one of his demented goal-runs again.”
“Q: When a writer continues a well-loved series with the next generation, the strong, compelling ‘old’ characters can steal the limelight from the new ones.”
“One seeking to grab the limelight is Markos Kyprianou, the EU health commissioner who has told the Financial Times that "Europe's" public healthcare systems must brace for radical change as barriers to patients crossing borders to seek treatment drop.”
“Yes, he's set to make a film about the religion that everyone in the limelight is shouting about, and if the source material is anything to go by then this just might be something more than a fad exploiting movie.”
“There's no way in the world you can take away the limelight from a great player like that.”
“One program busting into the limelight is Michigan State, despite the departure of coach”
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