cast/shed/throw light on

Definition of cast/shed/throw light on

  1. :  to help to explain (something) :  to make it possible to understand or know more about (something) She is developing new theories that might shed some light on these unusual phenomena. I hope my explanation throws light on their behavior.

Word by Word Definitions

castplay
  1. :  to cause to move or send forth by throwing

    :  direct

    :  to put forth

  1. :  an act of casting

    :  something that happens as a result of chance

    :  a throw of dice

shedplay
  1. :  to set apart :  segregate

    :  to cause to be dispersed without penetrating

    :  to cause (blood) to flow by cutting or wounding

  1. :  distinction, difference

    :  something (as the skin of a snake) that is discarded in shedding

    :  a divide of land

  1. :  a slight structure built for shelter or storage

    :  a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed

    :  a building that resembles a shed

  1. :  to put or house in a shed

throwplay
  1. :  to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

    :  to propel through the air in any manner

    :  pitch

  1. :  an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

    :  an act of throwing dice

    :  the number thrown with a cast of dice

lightplay
  1. :  something that makes vision possible

    :  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

    :  electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second

  1. :  having light :  bright

    :  not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring :  pale

    :  medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. :  to become light :  brighten

    :  to take fire

    :  to set fire to

  1. :  having little weight :  not heavy

    :  designed to carry a comparatively small load

    :  having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. :  lightly

    :  with little baggage

  1. :  dismount

    :  settle, alight

    :  to arrive by chance :  happen


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