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light

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noun \ˈlīt\

Definition of light

  1. 1a :  something that makes vision possibleb :  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptorsc :  electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength that travels in a vacuum with a speed of 299,792,458 meters (about 186,000 miles) per second; specifically :  such radiation that is visible to the human eye

  2. 2a :  daylight was up each morning at the first light — Frank O'Connorb :  dawn

  3. 3 :  a source of light: such asa :  a celestial body As night fell the lights in the sky multiplied.b :  candle put a light in the windowc :  an electric light

  4. 4 archaic :  sight 4a

  5. 5a :  spiritual illumination the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it — John 1:5 (Revised Standard Version)b :  inner lightc :  enlightenment reaching out and groping for a pathway to the light — B. N. Cardozod :  truth

  6. 6a :  public knowledge facts brought to lightb :  a particular aspect or appearance presented to view saw the matter in a different light

  7. 7 :  a particular illumination

  8. 8 :  something that enlightens or informs shed some light on the problem

  9. 9 :  a medium (such as a window) through which light is admitted

  10. 10 lights plural :  a set of principles, standards, or opinions worship according to one's lights — Adrienne Koch

  11. 11 :  a noteworthy person in a particular place or field a literary light among current writers — see also leading light

  12. 12 :  a particular expression of the eye listened with a fiery light burning in her eyes — Sherwood Anderson

  13. 13a :  lighthouse, beaconb :  traffic light

  14. 14 :  the representation of light in art

  15. 15 :  a flame for lighting something (such as a cigarette)

in the light of

  1. 1 :  from the point of view of

  2. 2 or in light of :  in view of In light of their findings, new procedures were established.

Examples of light in a Sentence

  1. The landscape was bathed in light.

  2. a photograph taken in low light

  3. the light of the moon

  4. a mixture of light and shadow

  5. The windows let fresh air and light into the room.

  6. The lights suddenly went out.

  7. The lights suddenly came on.

  8. the twinkling lights of the city below

  9. the bright lights of Broadway

  10. The lights are on, so there must be somebody at home.

Origin and Etymology of light

Middle English, from Old English lēoht; akin to Old High German lioht light, Latin luc-, lux light, lucēre to shine, Greek leukos white


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light

adjective

Definition of light

  1. 1 :  having light :  bright a light airy room

  2. 2a :  not dark, intense, or swarthy in color or coloring :  paleb of colors :  medium in saturation and high in lightness light blue

  3. 3 of coffee :  served with extra milk or cream

Origin and Etymology of light

see 1light


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light

verb

Definition of light

lit

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lighted

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lighting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to become light :  brighten —usually used with up her face lit up

  3. 2 :  to take fire

  4. 3 :  to ignite something (such as a cigarette) —often used with up

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to set fire to

  7. 2a :  to conduct with a light :  guideb :  illuminate rockets light up the skyc :  animate, brighten a smile lit up her face

Origin and Etymology of light

see 1light


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light

adjective

Definition of light

  1. 1a :  having little weight :  not heavyb :  designed to carry a comparatively small load a light truckc :  having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk aluminum is a light metald :  containing less than the legal, standard, or usual weight a light coin

  2. 2a :  of little importance :  trivialb :  not abundant light rain a light lunch

  3. 3a :  easily disturbed a light sleeperb :  exerting a minimum of force or pressure :  gentle a light touchc :  resulting from a very slight pressure :  faint light print

  4. 4a :  easily endurable a light illnessb :  requiring little effort light work

  5. 5 :  capable of moving swiftly or nimbly light on his feet

  6. 6a :  frivolous 1a light conductb :  lacking in stability :  changeable light opinionsc :  sexually promiscuous

  7. 7 :  free from care :  cheerful

  8. 8 :  less powerful but usually more mobile than usual for its kind light cavalry a light cruiser

  9. 9a :  made with a lower calorie content or with less of some ingredient (such as salt, fat, or alcohol) than usualb :  having a relatively mild flavor

  10. 10a :  easily digested a light soupb :  well leavened a light crust

  11. 11 :  coarse and sandy or easily pulverized light soil

  12. 12 :  dizzy, giddy felt light in the head

  13. 13 :  intended chiefly to entertain light verse light comedy

  14. 14a :  carrying little or no cargo the ship returned lightb :  producing goods for direct consumption by the consumer light industry

  15. 15 :  not bearing a stress or accent a light syllable

  16. 16 :  having a clear soft quality a light voice

  17. 17 :  being in debt to the pot in a poker game three chips light

  18. 18 :  short 5d light on experience

  19. 19 :  casual, occasional a light smoker

lightish

play \ˈlī-tish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of light

Middle English, from Old English lēoht; akin to Old High German līhti light, Latin levis, Greek elachys small

Synonym Discussion of light

easy, facile, simple, light, effortless, smooth mean not demanding effort or involving difficulty. easy is applicable either to persons or things imposing tasks or to activity required by such tasks. an easy college course facile often adds to easy the connotation of undue haste or shallowness. facile answers to complex questions simple stresses ease in understanding or dealing with because complication is absent. a simple problem in arithmetic light stresses freedom from what is burdensome. a light teaching load effortless stresses the appearance of ease and usually implies the prior attainment of artistry or expertness. moving with effortless grace smooth stresses the absence or removal of all difficulties, hardships, or obstacles. a smooth ride

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light

adverb

Definition of light

  1. 1 :  lightly

  2. 2 :  with little baggage travel light

First Known Use of light

before 12th century


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light

verb

Definition of light

lit

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lighted

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lighting

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  dismount

  3. 2 :  settle, alight a bird lit on the lawn

  4. 3 :  to fall unexpectedly —usually used with on or upon

  5. 4 :  to arrive by chance :  happen —usually used with on or upon lit upon a solution

light into

  1. :  to attack forcefully I lit into that food until I'd finished off the heel of the loaf — Helen Eustis

Origin and Etymology of light

Middle English, from Old English līhtan; akin to Old English lēoht light in weight


LIGHT Defined for Kids

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light

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noun \ˈlīt\

Definition of light for Students

  1. 1 :  the bright form of energy given off by something (as the sun) that makes it possible to see

  2. 2 :  a source (as a lamp) of light Mr. Cohen flicks the lights off and on … — Paula Danziger, Amber Brown

  3. 3 :  daylight 1

  4. 4 :  public knowledge Facts were brought to light during the trial.

  5. 5 :  understanding that comes from information someone has provided The explanation shed light on the problem.


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light

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adjective

Definition of light for Students

lighter

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lightest

  1. 1 :  having light :  bright a light room

  2. 2 :  not dark or deep in color


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light

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verb

Definition of light for Students

lit

\ˈlit\ or

lighted

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lighting

  1. 1 :  to make or become bright

  2. 2 :  to burn or cause to burn light a match light the fire


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light

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adjective

Definition of light for Students

lighter

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lightest

  1. 1 :  having little weight :  not heavy a light suitcase

  2. 2 :  less in amount or force than usual a light breeze a light touch

  3. 3 :  not hard to bear, do, pay, or digest light punishment

  4. 4 :  active in motion I felt light on my feet.

  5. 5 :  free from care :  happy a light heart

  6. 6 :  not dense and thick light clouds

  7. 7 :  intended mainly to entertain light reading

lightly

adverb

lightness

noun

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light

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adverb

Definition of light for Students

  1. :  with little baggage I prefer to travel light.


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light

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verb

Definition of light for Students

lit

\ˈlit\ or

lighted

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lighting

  1. 1 :  2perch, settle We saw a bird light on a twig.

  2. 2 :  to come by chance In time I lit on a solution.


Medical Dictionary

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light

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noun \ˈlīt\

Medical Definition of light

  1. 1a:  the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptorsb:  an electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range including infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and X-rays and traveling in a vacuum with a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second; specifically :  the part of this range that is visible to the human eye

  2. 2:  a source of light


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light

adjective
variants: or

lite

Medical Definition of light

  1. :  made with a lower calorie content or with less of some ingredient (as salt, fat, or alcohol) than usual light salad dressing



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