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Definitions of light

  1. marked by temperance in indulgence; " abstemious meals"; " a light eater"; " a light smoker"; " ate a light supper"
  2. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; " its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
  3. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  4. having relatively few calories; " diet cola"; " light ( or lite) beer"; " lite ( or light) mayonnaise"; " a low- cal diet"
  5. get off ( a horse)
  6. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; " her easy virtue"; " he was told to avoid loose ( or light) women"; " wanton behavior"
  7. 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"
  8. begin to smoke; " After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
  9. very thin and insubstantial; " thin paper"; " flimsy voile"; " light summer dresses"
  10. ( used of soil) loose and large- grained in consistency; " light sandy soil"
  11. silly or trivial; " idle pleasure"; " light banter"; " light idle chatter"
  12. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; " Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; " Light a cigarette"
  13. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; " do you have a light?"
  14. make lighter or brighter; " This lamp lightens the room a bit"
  15. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; " follow God's light"
  16. any device serving as a source of illumination; " he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
  17. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; " he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
  18. brightness and animation of countenance; " he had a sparkle in his eye"
  19. public awareness; " it brought the scandal to light"
  20. mental understanding as an enlightening experience; " he finally saw the light"; " can you shed light on this problem?"
  21. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; " although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
  22. a visual warning signal; " they saw the light of the beacon"; " there was a light at every corner"
  23. ( physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; " the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
  24. ( used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; " light blue"; " light colors such as pastels"; " a light- colored powder"
  25. with few burdens; " experienced travellers travel light"
  26. moving easily and quickly; nimble; " the dancer was light and graceful"; " a lightsome buoyant step"; " walked with a light tripping step"
  27. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; " a light pound"; " a scant cup of sugar"; " regularly gives short weight"
  28. used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress; " a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; " a weak stress on the second syllable"
  29. ( 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"
  30. ( of sleep) easily disturbed; " in a light doze"; " a light sleeper"; " a restless wakeful night"
  31. an illuminated area; " he stepped into the light"
  32. a person regarded very fondly; " the light of my life"
  33. having abundant light or illumination; " they played as long as it was light"; " as long as the lighting was good"
  34. to come to rest, settle; " Misfortune lighted upon him"
  35. fall to somebody by assignment or lot; " The task fell to me"; " It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
  36. characterized by or emitting light; " a room that is light when the shutters are open"; " the inside of the house was airy and light"
  37. demanding little effort; not burdensome; " light housework"; " light exercise"
  38. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; " a light diet"
  39. 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"
  40. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; " light aircraft"; " a light truck"
  41. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; " a light heart"
  42. 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"
  43. ( physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; " light water is ordinary water"
  44. of little intensity or power or force; " the light touch of her fingers"; " a light breeze"
  45. of the military or industry; using ( or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; " light infantry"; " light cavalry"; " light industry"; " light weapons"
  46. having a spongy or flaky texture; well- leavened; " light pastries"
  47. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; " light verse"; " a light comedy"
  48. having little importance; " losing his job was no light matter"
  49. That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous.
  50. That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc.
  51. The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day.
  52. The brightness of the eye or eyes.
  53. 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.
  54. Life; existence.
  55. Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
  56. The power of perception by vision.
  57. That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information.
  58. Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.
  59. 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.
  60. One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.
  61. A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light.
  62. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.
  63. 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.
  64. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
  65. To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light.
  66. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy.
  67. Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.
  68. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.
  69. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.
  70. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.
  71. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
  72. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.
  73. Slight; not important; as, a light error.
  74. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.
  75. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.
  76. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.
  77. Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.
  78. Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.
  79. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.
  80. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
  81. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.
  82. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.
  83. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.
  84. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil.
  85. Lightly; cheaply.
  86. To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.
  87. To feel light; to be made happy.
  88. To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.
  89. A small incandescent telltale lamp on a dynamo or battery circuit to show approximately by its brightness the voltage of the current.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; - often with up.
  93. To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; - with up; as, the room lights up very well.
  94. To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; - with from, off, on, upon, at, in.
  95. To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; - with on or upon.
  96. To come by chance; to happen; - with on or upon; formerly with into.
  97. That portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to which the human eye is sensitive. Light is about 400 to 800 nanometers in wavelength, i. e., between the ultraviolet and infrared spectra.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. To set fire to; cause to shine and give forth brightness; furnish with, or guide by, a light.
  101. 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.
  102. Lightness.
  103. Lighted.
  104. Lighting.
  105. Ethereal waves to which the retina is sensitive and which thus render visible the object whence they proceed.
  106. 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.
  107. Not dark: bright: whitish.
  108. To give light to: to set fire to: to attend with a light:- pr. p. lighting; pa. t. and pa. p. lighted or lit.
  109. LIGHTER.
  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.
  111. ( 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.
  112. Lit or lighted.
  113. Not heavy; easy; active; notdeuse; unimportant; not grave.
  114. That by which things are made visible; illumination; anything that illuminates, as a lamp, & c.; daytime.; knowledge.
  115. To give light to; kindle.
  116. To settle; dismount; come by chance.
  117. To set fire to or take fire; inflame; kindle; illuminate.
  118. To alight, as a bird.
  119. To happen or stumble, as by chance; followed by on or upon.
  120. Full of light; bright; faint or pale on color.
  121. Having little weight.
  122. Trifling; trivial.
  123. Easy in movement; cheerful; frivolous; gay.
  124. That which renders objects visible; anything that gives light, as acandle, window, etc.; aspect; perception.
  125. Bright; not dark; whitish; not deep.
  126. 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.
  127. 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.
  128. 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.
  129. 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.
  130. To lighten.
  131. To happen to find; to alight; to stoop from flight; to settle; to rest.
  132. 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.
  133. Not dark or obscure; bright; clear.
  134. To set on fire; to kindle or ignite.
  135. 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.
  136. To descend from a horse or carriage; to settle; to stoop from flight; to fall in a particular direction; to fall; to strike on.
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Usage examples for light

  1. I turned the light on it. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. It is easy to see that her heart is light – 'O Thou, My Austria!' by Ossip Schubin
  3. His light had been put out. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  4. They shall walk in the light and so shall be seen of all. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  5. Looking at it in any light of course she cannot love him." – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  6. When I shook hands with him there was a light in his eyes. – Your Boys by Gipsy Smith
  7. " Oh, of course they are," was her light answer. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  8. It was now almost light – The Princess Pocahontas by Virginia Watson
  9. " There, then," I returned, " that is just what you are like- a man with the light on his head, but not on his face. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  10. Mackenzie held up the light looking the old man in the face. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  11. I hadn't thought of it in that light before. – The-Circus-Boys-Across-the-Continent-or-Winning-New-Laurels-on-the-Tanbark by Darlington, Edgar B. P.
  12. You can make light of the affair to the others. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss
  13. Shall I not call our people To light us? – The Lady of Lyons or Love and Pride by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  14. The light went out. – The Voice in the Fog by Harold MacGrath
  15. Was it not light yet? – The Son of His Mother by Clara Viebig
  16. It's a little light at this moment, too. – Whispering Smith by Frank H. Spearman
  17. Irma looked upon the matter in a very different light – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett
  18. The light is there yet. – Bat Wing by Sax Rohmer
  19. There's the light coming! – Thomas Wingfold, Curate by George MacDonald
  20. I'd get up and make a light – The Little Colonel at Boarding-School by Annie Fellows Johnston
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