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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a row of lights in the front of the stage in a theater, etc., and on a level therewith.
  • noun upon the stage; -- hence, in the capacity of an actor.

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  • noun A stage light located at the front edge of the stage that illuminates the actors from foot level up.

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Examples

  • And another regrettable thing about death is the ceasing of your own brand of magic, which took a whole life to develop and market - the quips, the witticisms, the slant adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears, their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat, their response and your performance twinned.

    January « 2009 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • And another regrettable thing about death is the ceasing of your own brand of magic, which took a whole life to develop and market - the quips, the witticisms, the slant adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears, their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat, their response and your performance twinned.

    norbert blei | updike’s poems « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • So what crosses the footlight and projects its emotion to me is what I'm listening for.

    Piano Pathways: Daniel Pollack, 50 Years Later

  • "No one ever accused us of being over-rehearsed," Stephen Stills says at one point, shortly before he's shown tripping over a footlight on the stage and playing flat on his back while he rolls from side to side trying to get himself back up.

    Evan Handler: Find the Cost of Freedom (of Speech)

  • So what crosses the footlight and projects its emotion to me is what I'm listening for.

    Piano Pathways: Daniel Pollack, 50 Years Later

  • So much of fault we find; but on the other side the impartial critic rejoices to remark the presence of a great unity of gusto; of those direct clap-trap appeals, which a man is dead and buriable when he fails to answer; of the footlight glamour, the ready-made, bare-faced, transpontine picturesque, a thing not one with cold reality, but how much dearer to the mind!

    Memories and Portraits

  • “In youth, exercise and learning; in adolescence, ambition; and in early manhood, love — no footlight passion.”

    Love and Mr Lewisham

  • Then Ito took the cork back, immediately stopped the bottle and lit a sealing candle, the flame a tiny footlight to his face while he turned the bottle to catch the dropping wax.

    December 6

  • He whistled on a small footlight he had noticed earlier, holding the azoth low enough to keep the driver from seeing it, should he look over his shoulder.

    Nightside The Long Sun

  • "Talk about footlight favorites," she complained to Helen Morton, as they dressed together for a performance, "that Joe Strong is getting all that's coming to him."

    Joe Strong on the Trapeze or The Daring Feats of a Young Circus Performer

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