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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.
Historical Examples

Willis’s taxi ran on past the other, and through the backlight the inspector saw Archer alight and pass into the hotel.
The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts


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