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i looh muh nay shuhn

  • n  a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
  • n  the degree of visibility of your environment
  • n  an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding
  • n  the luminous flux incident on a unit area
  • n  painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts)

  • As early as 1820, inventors were honing in on the principles that would lead to the first electric illumination.
  • The physicist Louis de Broglie called Einstein's contributions that year "blazing rockets which in the dark of the night suddenly cast a brief but powerful illumination over an .
  • Thomas Edison exhibits a replica of his first successful incandescent lamp, which gave 16 candlepower of illumination.
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  • Robert Plant in Reuters
    Plant, meanwhile, said that performing the album's rootsy music, as well as revamped versions of some Led Zeppelin songs, has "become quite an illumination, really. What has been created with the chemistry between the three of us has its own kind of...
  • Ben Bradshaw in BBC News
    Speaking in the Commons Mr Bradshaw said: "Excessive illumination contributes to climate change and you may like to join in, if you are in London tonight, the London Lights Out campaign."
  • Romano Prodi in BBC News
    Mr Prodi said: "The prime minister clings to data in the way a drunkard clings to lamp-posts - not for illumination, but to keep him standing up."

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