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Definitions of light

  1. To happen to find; to alight; to stoop from flight; to settle; to rest. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To set fire to or take fire; inflame; kindle; illuminate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To set fire to; cause to shine and give forth brightness; furnish with, or guide by, a light. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. To give light to: to set fire to: to attend with a light:-pr.p. lighting; pa.t. and pa.p. lighted or lit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. To give light to; kindle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To feel light; to be made happy. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; - with up; as, the room lights up very well. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; - with from, off, on, upon, at, in. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; - with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To come by chance; to happen; - with on or upon; formerly with into. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. To take fire; to begin to give forth brightness; usually followed by up; as, her face lighted up; to come down, fall, or settle, or to find by chance; with on or upon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. (followed by on, upon) To stoop from flight: to settle: to rest: to come to by chance: (fol. by down, from) to descend, to alight:-pr.p. lighting; pa.t. and pa.p. lighted or lit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To settle; dismount; come by chance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To alight, as a bird. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To happen or stumble, as by chance; followed by on or upon. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. begin to smoke; "After the meal, some of the diners lit up" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. To set fire to; to give light to; to spread; to kindle; to ignite; to enlighten. The light of the countenance, favour; smiles. To stand in one's own light, to be the means of preventing one's own good. To come to light, to be detected. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. To lighten. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To set on fire; to kindle or ignite. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. To descend from a horse or carriage; to settle; to stoop from flight; to fall in a particular direction; to fall; to strike on. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. Slight; not important; as, a light error. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors. Webster Dictionary DB
  38. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  39. Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind. Webster Dictionary DB
  41. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. Lighting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God's light" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  49. any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  50. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  51. brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  52. public awareness; "it brought the scandal to light" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  53. mental understanding as an enlightening experience; "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  54. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  55. a visual warning signal; "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  56. That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous. Webster Dictionary DB
  57. That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  58. The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day. Webster Dictionary DB
  59. The brightness of the eye or eyes. Webster Dictionary DB
  60. The medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions. Webster Dictionary DB
  61. Life; existence. Webster Dictionary DB
  62. Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity. Webster Dictionary DB
  63. The power of perception by vision. Webster Dictionary DB
  64. That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information. Webster Dictionary DB
  65. Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity. Webster Dictionary DB
  66. Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light. Webster Dictionary DB
  67. One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity. Webster Dictionary DB
  68. A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light. Webster Dictionary DB
  69. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light. Webster Dictionary DB
  70. The manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; - opposed to shade. Cf. Chiaroscuro. Webster Dictionary DB
  71. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; - sometimes with up. Webster Dictionary DB
  72. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; - often with up. Webster Dictionary DB
  73. The condition of illumination upon which sight depends; opposite to darkness; as, the light of day; that which illuminates, as the sun, a candle, etc.; the brightness so given out; appearance from a special point of view; as, your explanation puts the matter in a new light; clear mental vision or that which gives it; as, to throw light on a problem; a window, or a pane of glass in a window. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  74. Lightness. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  75. That which shines or is brilliant: the agent by which objects are rendered visible: the power of vision: day: dawn of day: that which gives light, as the sun, a candle: the illuminated part of a picture: (fig.) mental or spiritual illumination: enlightenment: knowledge: public view: point of view: a conspicuous person: an aperture for admitting light: (B.) prosperity, favor. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  76. LIGHTER. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  77. That by which things are made visible; illumination; anything that illuminates, as a lamp, &c.; daytime.; knowledge. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  78. That which renders objects visible; anything that gives light, as acandle, window, etc.; aspect; perception. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  79. That physical element, agent, or force in virtue of which we see; anything from which it emanates, or that which gives light; anything of the nature of light or its source; knowledge; enlightenment; that which constitutes day; the dawn of day; one who can enlighten; a visible state; public view; conspicuous position; that which admits light; a window; the manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; the illuminated part of a picture. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  80. The agent or medium by which objects are rendered visible to the eye; day; anything which gives light; a candle; a lamp; knowledge; means of knowing; explanation; aspect; point to which the view may be directed; existence; time of prosperity; in painting, the illuminated part of a picture, as opposed to shade. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  81. Lightly; cheaply. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  82. Lightly; cheaply. To set light by, to undervalue; to treat as of no importance. To make light of, to treat as of little consequence; to disregard. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  83. marked by temperance in indulgence; "abstemious meals"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  84. weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  85. very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper"; "flimsy voile"; "light summer dresses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  86. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light sandy soil" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  87. silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  88. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  89. moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  90. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  91. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  92. an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  93. a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  94. fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  95. characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  96. demanding little effort; not burdensome; "light housework"; "light exercise" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  97. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; "a light diet" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  98. of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  99. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; "light aircraft"; "a light truck" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  100. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; "a light heart" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  101. not great in degree or quantity or number; "a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  102. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; "light water is ordinary water" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  103. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  104. having a spongy or flaky texture; well-leavened; "light pastries" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  105. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; "light verse"; "a light comedy" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  106. having little importance; "losing his job was no light matter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  107. A small incandescent telltale lamp on a dynamo or battery circuit to show approximately by its brightness the voltage of the current. Webster Dictionary DB
  108. Clear; bright; not dark; blond; not heavy or burdensome; delicate; not massive; gay; trifting; unimportant; nimble; short in weight; well raised, as bread; graceful; undignified; dizzy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  109. Not dark: bright: whitish. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  110. Not heavy: easily suffered or performed: easily digested: not heavily armed: active: not heavily burdened: unimportant: not dense or copious: gentle: easily influenced: gay, lively: amusing: unchaste: not of legal weight: loose, sandy: (B.) idle, worthless. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  111. Lit or lighted. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  112. Not heavy; easy; active; notdeuse; unimportant; not grave. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  113. Full of light; bright; faint or pale on color. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  114. Having little weight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  115. Trifling; trivial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  116. Easy in movement; cheerful; frivolous; gay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  117. Bright; not dark; whitish; not deep. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  118. Not heavy; easy to be endured; easy to be performed; easy to be digested; not heavily armed; carrying what is light; active; nimble; not encumbered; not deeply laden; not important; not dense; not copious; not violent; moderate; easily influenced; gay; indulging levity; unchaste; not of legal weight; loose; sandy; giddy. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  119. Not dark or obscure; bright; clear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  120. Easy to be lifted or carried; not difficult; easy to be borne; active; nimble; swift; not dense or heavy; not grave or serious; loose; not chaste. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  121. Lighted. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

Usage examples for light

  1. Looking at it in any light of course she cannot love him." – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  2. There's the light coming! – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
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