Definitions of light

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

Antonyms for light

doughy, blur, dusk, rich, umbra, shaded, toilsome, jumbo, adequate, wooden, vicious, testing, concentrated, shadowy, brunet, overcloud, opaque, knotty, black out, bounteous, Abrading, tall, substantial, maladroit, compact, coarse, humorless, obscurity, sinewy, stressful, indigestible, exacting, terrible, plenty, bursting, dense, grave, augean, ungainly, somber, uphill, extra, enough, caliginous, fierce, sweaty, bountiful, sunset, forcible, forceful, gloomy, lavish, troubling, excess, klutzy, mesomorphic, taxing, satisfactory, complicated, powerful, close in, arduous, gloominess, black, heavy-duty, bulky, plentiful, aphotic, sundown, befog, large, extinguish, swarming, well, obscure, stygian, darkening, cimmerian, Moiling, sufficient, massive, king-size, sluggish, gloaming, rough, weighted, stony, staid, cumbersome, serious, penumbra, rigorous, twilight, onerous, plush, significant, unilluminated, heavy-handed, dusky, hellacious, lumpish, twilit, intricate, flourishing, excruciating, firm, beefy, po-faced, bungling, strenuous, pitch-dark, intemperate, heavy, tenebrous, ponderous, sobersided, swart, teeming, evening, abundant, shadiness, shady, difficult, painful, uncomic, comfortable, considerable, full, laborious, pick-and-shovel, heady, goodly, blackness, abrasive, irritating, leaden, darkened, shadow, ungentle, murk, plenteous, fertile, hard, lightless, ungraceful, inept, weighty, Roughening, problematic, acherontic, keen, mysterious, voluminous, sizable, blooming, complex, trying, big, ferocious, unyielding, dark, burdensome, stern, formidable, inflexible, clumsy, harsh, vehement, worrying, scathing, glooming, dreadful, tough, potent, fearsome, hardhanded, accented, savage, gloomful, eve, umbrageous, unsmiling, explosive, chaste, effortful, gruff, swarthy, galore, abstruse, bitter, exhausting, gawky, recondite, demanding, copious, frightful, stressed, lusty, sulky, darkling, thriving, eventide, rigid, dismal, worrisome, stiff, handsome, impure, robust, Darksome, heavy-footed, largish, graceless, sable, violent, brutal, caustic, profound, backbreaking, no-nonsense, exquisite, prolific, fatty, overshadow, intensive, brawny, nightfall, unwieldy, uncoordinated, extensive, blacken, unlit, burly, fecund, whacking, earnest, slow, grueling, troublesome, full-bodied, grim, intense, hefty, dimness, soggy, strong, awkward, bedim, tenebrific, rayless, acute, grievous, ebony, blistering, becloud, deep, pitch black, great, fat, inert, muscular, murky, Toilful, dimmed, solid, subdued, furious, ample, roughened, shade, super, evenfall, rugged, ghastly, oppressive, disturbing, candlelight, luxuriant, darkness, solemn, challenging, distressing, darkish, tyrannical, darken, dull, proliferative, unlighted, aplenty, generous, gawkish, dim, pitiless, labored, heavier-than-air, tenebrious, Dislimn, sober, severe, persnickety, quench, hulking, crepuscule, involved, acheronian, overweight, surplus, oversize, inhuman, shadowed, rude, cruel, Searing, cornucopian, crepuscular, important, perturbing, liberal, murderous, herculean, thick, sedate, Obscured, fruitful, tolerable, huge, fearful, distressful, raven, lumbering, gloom.

Quotes of light

  1. I say this as a Democrat, for whom the Republican domination of government threatens many values that I hold to be important to America's role as a light among nations. But there are no values that matter to me that will not be gravely endangered if we lose this war. – Orson Scott Card
  2. If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way. – Barry Commoner
  3. I was raised a Christian, but I wouldn't call myself a Christian now. I think when I was younger it was easier to focus on the negative, nihilist vision... this is sort of picking up on the other half of the body, which is God and white light – Billy Corgan
  4. Light comes to us by the sensibility. Without visual sensibility there is no light no movement. – Robert Delaunay
  5. Light God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building. – Thomas Fuller
  6. Never the less, it is no light thing to enter into a profession absolutely foreign and alien to the people among which one's lot is cast; a profession which seems as dim and faraway and unreal as the shores of Europe. – Robert E. Howard
  7. Most architects say: I want to use this type of glass, even if it's too reflective or doesn't let enough light in. However, the use of a certain type of glass might change the comfort level. – Helmut Jahn
  8. Knowledge is love and light and vision. – Helen Keller
  9. Anything large enough for a wish to light upon, is large enough to hang a prayer upon. – George MacDonald
  10. If you love large, you've got to hurt large. If you've got a lot of light you've probably got an equal amount of darkness. – Sarah McLachlan
  11. Yes, now I understood for the first time that my soul was not so poor and empty as it had seemed to me, and that it had been only the sun that was lacking to open all its germs, and buds to the light – Max Muller
  12. You can't get a good crew and a good sound system, and a good light system if you do a small tour. If you want the best, those guys want a commitment of about 4 to 6 months. And I'd want the best people and the best stuff. – Bob Seger
  13. On long haul flights I always drink loads and loads of water and eat light and healthy food. – Lisa Snowdon
  14. Suddenly, I became conscious of the fact that the driver was in the act of pulling up the horses in the courtyard of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the sky. – Bram Stoker
  15. We humans have millions of years of evolutionary baggage that makes us regard competition in a deadly light – Vernor Vinge

Usage examples for light

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

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Idioms for light