Definition of sidelight in English:


Syllabification: side·light
Pronunciation: /ˈsīdˌlīt


  • 1A light placed at the side of something.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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