a controlled technique of lighting, used in photography or the theater, in which a light is placed behind or at right angles to an object, person, or scene to produce such effects as depth or separation of subject and background.
Movies, Television. a light source placed behind an actor, object, or scene to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.
to illuminate (something) from behind.
- Back line
noun (in some team sports) the defensive players considered as a unit Historical Examples Front and second lines are usually 32 pitch; third line 24 pitch and back line 16 pitch. Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd. Seen in profile at a distance, the back line is comparatively straight. […]
the books that a publisher has kept in print over several years, as distinguished from newly issued titles. Also, backlisted. placed or maintained on a backlist. to place on a backlist. Contemporary Examples The motto of this column is that the backlist is for weenies. Do I Have to Read Committed? William Boot January 29, […]
- Back link
back link hypertext A link in one direction implied by the existence of an explicit link in the other direction. (1996-05-28)
to defer to a later date, as wages, benefits, or costs: The union agreed to back-load pay raises. Historical Examples A soldier came past with a back-load of canteens freshly filled. My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin Barth; a back-load of rushes, straw, heath, &c. Irish beart. English As We Speak […]