Meaning of illumination

il•lu•mi•na•tion

Pronunciation: (i-l"mu-nā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of illuminating.
  2. the fact or condition of being illuminated.
  3. a decoration of lights, usually colored lights.
  4. Sometimes,an entertainment, display, or celebration using lights as a major feature or decoration.
  5. intellectual or spiritual enlightenment.
  6. the intensity of light falling at a given place on a lighted surface; the luminous flux incident per unit area, expressed in lumens per unit of area.
  7. a supply of light: a source of illumination.
  8. decoration of a manuscript or book with a painted design in color, gold, etc.
  9. a design used in such decoration.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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