footlights [foot′līts΄]pl.n.a row of lights along the front of a stage at the actors' foot level, formerly common in stage lighting——————the footlightsthe theater, or acting as a profession
* * *foot·lights (fo͝otʹlīts') pl.n.1. Lights placed in a row along the front of a stage floor.2. The theater as a profession.
* * *Row of lights set across the front of a stage floor to light the scene.The oil lamps and candles in use in the 17th century eventually gave way to gas and electricity. As more advanced overhead lighting techniques were developed, footlights became less necessary, except to create special shadows on actors' faces.
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footlights — [foot′līts΄] pl.n. a row of lights along the front of a stage at the actors foot level, formerly common in stage lighting the footlights the theater, or acting as a profession … English World dictionary
footlights — (n.) 1836, from FOOT (Cf. foot) (of the stage) + LIGHT (Cf. light) (n.) … Etymology dictionary
footlights — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ a row of spotlights along the front of a stage at the level of the actors feet … English terms dictionary
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footlights — Although the use of footlights in the theatre can be traced back to the 17th century, it was during the years just prior to the modernist era that they became synonymous with the stage itself. For example, Olive Logan s 1870 memoir was titled… … The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater
footlights — noun plural Date: circa 1839 1. a row of lights set across the front of a stage floor 2. the stage as a profession < the lure of the footlights > … New Collegiate Dictionary
footlights — [[t]f ʊtlaɪts[/t]] N PLURAL In a theatre, the footlights are the row of lights along the front of the stage … English dictionary
footlights — foot|lights [ˈfutlaıts] n [plural] a row of lights along the front of the stage in a theatre →↑spotlight … Dictionary of contemporary English
footlights — foot|lights [ fut,laıts ] noun plural a row of very bright lights at the front edge of a theater stage … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English