Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A focus of public attention.
  • n. An early type of stage light in which lime was heated to incandescence producing brilliant illumination.
  • n. The brilliant white light so produced. Also called calcium light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls, producing a bright light by the use of incandescent quicklime.
  • n. Attention, notice, a starring or central role, present fame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An intense light produced by heating lime. See Calcium light under calcium.
  • n. That part of the stage upon which the limelight is cast, usually where the most important action is progressing or where the leading player or players are placed and upon which the attention of the spectators is therefore concentrated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as calcium light (which see, under calcium).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting
  • n. a focus of public attention

Etymologies

lime +‎ light (Wiktionary)

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