cast/shed/throw light on

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cast/shed/throw light on

: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

cast play
  1. : to cause to move or send forth by throwing

  2. : direct

  3. : to put forth

  1. : an act of casting

  2. : something that happens as a result of chance

  3. : a throw of dice

shed play
  1. : to set apart : segregate

  2. : to cause to be dispersed without penetrating

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

  1. : distinction, difference

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

  3. : a divide of land

  1. : a slight structure built for shelter or storage

  2. : a building that resembles a shed

  3. : hut

  1. : to put or house in a shed

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

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

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

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

light play
  1. : something that makes vision possible

  2. : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

  3. : 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

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

  3. : medium in saturation and high in lightness

  1. : to become light : brighten

  2. : to take fire

  3. : to ignite something (such as a cigarette)

  1. : having little weight : not heavy

  2. : designed to carry a comparatively small load

  3. : having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk

  1. : lightly

  2. : with little baggage

  1. : dismount

  2. : settle, alight

  3. : to fall unexpectedly


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