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I am searching for a word or phrase that describes reflected light, dancing light etc [duplicate]

I am trying to find a word or short phrase that conveys the idea of reflected light, dancing light, flickering light. It is for an artistic project to name an artwork piece I am constructing where ...
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What's up with the use of the word “black” in reference to skin color? [closed]

I've never liked the word black to describe people with dark skin. Those of us with pigment-enriched skin are certainly not black in color. Why was the term black used to describe people with dark ...
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Verbs to describe how light moves

I'm writing a sentence where pale gray morning light is being viewed through window blinds. I'm trying to think of a way to describe its entrance without sounding cliché. What are some good verbs to ...
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Difference in the implied meaning when different words for “Shining” used?

Please consider the sentences below: The grass was glittering with dew. The grass was glistening with dew. The grass was glinting with dew. The grass was gleaming with dew. Below are the ...
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What's the difference between glinted, glittered, glistened, gleamed, and glimmered?

They all mean to shine and they all start with g. But do they mean the same thing? Acording to "Google Dictionary" (the one that appears when you search on Google). glint: give out or reflect ...
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Is there a word for a bright spot in the shadow of a lens or lens-like object?

Or for example on the bottom of a pool as light is focused by waves on the surface of the water. It seems awkward to just call it a shadow since it implies being darker than the surroundings.
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A blinding light / blinding sunlight / a blinding sunlight

"Mornings came and cast a blinding sunlight over everything, and he felt like nothing worthwhile could be accomplished." For some reason, I feel like "a blinding light" is ok, but if its sunlight, ...
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Is there an antonym for “dim”/ synonym for “lighten?”

I'm looking for a word that refers to when a dark room is slightly lightened- for example, by a candle or a weak lightbulb, but not so much that I could use "brightened" to describe the action. "...
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Word that describes something that glows with light, but cannot break the barrier of darkness

What word could be used to describe a glowing object or mass that though it has a quality of brilliance, does not throw light to illume anything? Say, "The mysterious ball ____ with a self-contained ...
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What do you call a brightly lit spot?

What do you call a brightly lit spot, especially as a result of reflecting the light source (e.g. sun) off a glassy surface?
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Verb to use when light enters quickly into an enclosed space?

I wrote the following: A creaking metallic sound awakened Erin. Raising her eyes, she looked to the front. It came from the door. Someone was opening the elevator. She waited expectantly while ...
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Usage of “coruscating”

Can coruscating be used as a one word adjective to describe "interesting and exciting"? Basically the usage is "his interesting and exciting research work" which will end up as "his coruscating ...
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“Niveous” poetic synonyms

Are there any more poetic synonyms for "snow-white" and "niveous"? I was searching but I've only found "nival".