light

noun
\ˈlīt \

Definition of light 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : something that makes vision possible

b : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

c : 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

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

b : dawn

3 : a source of light: such as

a : a celestial body As night fell the lights in the sky multiplied.

b : candle put a light in the window

c : an electric light

4a : a color of notable lightness : a light or pale color usually plural Bartlett allows his preliminary wash or grisaille to dry and then applies transparent layers of broken color. Into this wash he adds the lights and darks as they have been mapped out underneath.— Harley Bartlett

b lights plural : clothing that is light in color always washed his lights separately from his darks

5 archaic : sight sense 4a

6a : spiritual illumination the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it — John 1:5 (Revised Standard Version)

b : inner light

c : enlightenment reaching out and groping for a pathway to the light— B. N. Cardozo

d : truth

7a : public knowledge facts brought to light

b : a particular aspect or appearance presented to view saw the matter in a different light

8 : a particular illumination

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

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

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

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

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

15 : the representation of light in art

16 : a flame for lighting something (such as a cigarette)

in the light of

1 : from the point of view of

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

light

adjective (1)

Definition of light (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : having light : bright a light airy room

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

b of colors : medium in saturation and high in lightness light blue

3 of coffee : served with extra milk or cream

light

verb (1)
lit\ ˈlit \ or lighted; lighting

Definition of light (Entry 3 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : to become light : brighten usually used with up her face lit up

2 : to take fire

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

transitive verb

1 : to set fire to

2a : to conduct with a light : guide

b : illuminate rockets light up the sky

c : animate, brighten a smile lit up her face

light

adjective (2)

Definition of light (Entry 4 of 6)

1a : having little weight : not heavy

b : designed to carry a comparatively small load a light truck

c : having relatively little weight in proportion to bulk aluminum is a light metal

d : containing less than the legal, standard, or usual weight a light coin

2a : of little importance : trivial

b : not abundant light rain a light lunch

3a : easily disturbed a light sleeper

b : exerting a minimum of force or pressure : gentle a light touch

c : resulting from a very slight pressure : faint light print

4a : easily endurable a light illness

b : requiring little effort light work

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

6a : frivolous sense 1a light conduct

b : lacking in stability : changeable light opinions

c : sexually promiscuous

7 : free from care : cheerful

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

9a : made with a lower calorie content or with less of some ingredient (such as salt, fat, or alcohol) than usual

b : having a relatively mild flavor

10a : easily digested a light soup

b : well leavened a light crust

11 : coarse and sandy or easily pulverized light soil

12 : dizzy, giddy felt light in the head

13 : intended chiefly to entertain light verse light comedy

14a : carrying little or no cargo the ship returned light

b : producing goods for direct consumption by the consumer light industry

15 : not bearing a stress or accent a light syllable

16 : having a clear soft quality a light voice

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

18 : short sense 5d light on experience

19 : casual, occasional a light smoker

light

adverb

Definition of light (Entry 5 of 6)

1 : lightly

2 : with little baggage travel light

light

verb (2)
lit\ ˈlit \ or lighted; lighting

Definition of light (Entry 6 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : dismount

2 : settle, alight a bird lit on the lawn

3 : to fall unexpectedly usually used with on or upon

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

light into

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

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Other Words from light

Adjective (2)

lightish \ ˈlī-​tish \ adjective

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Adjective (2)

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

Examples of light in a Sentence

Noun

The landscape was bathed in light. a photograph taken in low light the light of the moon a mixture of light and shadow The windows let fresh air and light into the room. The lights suddenly went out. The lights suddenly came on. the twinkling lights of the city below the bright lights of Broadway The lights are on, so there must be somebody at home.
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First Known Use of light

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for light

Noun

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

Adjective (1)

see light entry 1

Verb (1)

see light entry 1

Adjective (2)

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

Verb (2)

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

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More Definitions for light

light

noun
\ˈlīt \

Kids Definition of light

 (Entry 1 of 6)

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

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

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

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

light

adjective
lighter; lightest

Kids Definition of light (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : having light : bright a light room

2 : not dark or deep in color

light

verb
lit\ ˈlit \ or lighted; lighting

Kids Definition of light (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : to make or become bright

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

light

adjective
lighter; lightest

Kids Definition of light (Entry 4 of 6)

1 : having little weight : not heavy a light suitcase

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

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

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

5 : free from care : happy a light heart

6 : not dense and thick light clouds

7 : intended mainly to entertain light reading

Other Words from light

lightly adverb
lightness noun

light

adverb

Kids Definition of light (Entry 5 of 6)

: with little baggage I prefer to travel light.

light

verb
lit\ ˈlit \ or lighted; lighting

Kids Definition of light (Entry 6 of 6)

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

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

light

noun
\ˈlīt \

Medical Definition of light 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the sensation aroused by stimulation of the visual receptors

b : 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 : a source of light

light

adjective
variants: or lite

Medical Definition of light (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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