Definition of sidelight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsīdˌlīt/


1A light placed at the side of something.
Example sentences
  • He in turn confers with Geronimo, the local stage tech and they work something out with sidelights.
  • He uses a sidelight to pick out the ridges and hollows of a Calla lily.
  • True to his word, officers had summoned them the night before into the open field, lit dimly by sidelights, to brief them on a full army exercise scheduled to take place the following afternoon.
1.1 (sidelights) A ship’s port (red) and starboard (green) navigation lights.
Example sentences
  • Your inspection may show that the sidelights (red port, green starboard), the white stern light and the white maneuvering light are all in order.
  • In regard to maintenance, if your sidelights are more than a few years old, check them at night to see if the lens has perhaps faded from the sun's rays.
  • He first saw one white masthead light of the CONTSHIP SUCCESS at a distance visually estimated at about 4.5 miles and he subsequently saw both masthead lights and the green sidelight at a distance estimated by radar at about 3.8 miles.
1.2Natural light coming from the side.
Example sentences
  • When we think of Vermeer we think of light, that high, grey-white Northern European sidelight flooding into a domestic interior, sometimes finding a moment of warmth, almost always a solemn concentration on domestic ritual.
  • Bold and large textures, such as the bark of a tree or the rough surface of the door detail, are best revealed by strong, direct sidelight.
2A narrow window or pane of glass set alongside a door or larger window.
Example sentences
  • New French doors, sidelights, and transom windows also open the rear of the master-suite wing.
  • The only embellishments are the narrow sidelights flanking the front door and the small transom window above it.
  • Etched and leaded glass doors, transoms and sidelights boldly decorate the entrance, while providing privacy to various spaces in the home.
3A piece of incidental information that helps to clarify or enliven a subject.
Example sentences
  • The author's researches have quarried further bits of biographical data and sometimes helpful sidelights and background information on various situations and personalities.
  • An interesting sidelight offered by the Encyclopedia is information on the Chaplain Support Operations, an area overlooked in Second World War histories.
  • For readers of his latest novel, Out of Ireland, the stories of these two girls also provide a fascinating sidelight and illumination of the characters and events in the novel.

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Syllabification: side·light

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