Spotlight vs. Limelight

Spotlight vs. Limelight — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Spotlight and Limelight

Spotlightnoun

A strong beam of light that illuminates only a small area, used especially to center attention on a stage performer.

Limelightnoun

A focus of public attention.

Spotlightnoun

A lamp that produces such a light.

Limelightnoun

An early type of stage light in which lime was heated to incandescence producing brilliant illumination.

Spotlightnoun

Public notoriety or prominence

She was in the spotlight after she won the marathon.

Limelightnoun

The brilliant white light so produced. Also called calcium light.

Spotlightnoun

An artificial source of light with a strongly focused beam, as on an automobile.

Limelightnoun

A type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls, producing a bright light by the use of incandescent quicklime.

Spotlightverb

To illuminate with a spotlight.

Limelightnoun

(by extension) Attention, notice, a starring or central role, present fame.

Spotlightverb

To focus attention on.

Limelightverb

to illuminate with limelight

Spotlightnoun

A bright, directional light or lamp, especially one used to illuminate the focus or center of attention on a stage.

Limelightnoun

a focus of public attention;

he enjoyed being in the limelightwhen Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency

Spotlightnoun

(by extension) The circle of light shed by a spotlight.

Limelightnoun

a lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting

Spotlightnoun

(figurative) The center of attention; the highlight or most important part.

Some people enjoy the spotlight.

Spotlightverb

(transitive) To illuminate with a spotlight.

We spotlight the star, but the supporting cast has all the great lines in this scene.

Spotlightverb

To draw attention to.

The news series served to spotlight corruption.

Spotlightnoun

a focus of public attention;

he enjoyed being in the limelightwhen Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency

Spotlightnoun

a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer

Spotlightverb

move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent;

The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics

Spotlightverb

illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater