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lightness

noun light·ness \ ˈlīt-nəs \

Definition of lightness

1 : the quality or state of being illuminated : illumination
2 : the attribute of object colors by which the object appears to reflect or transmit more or less of the incident light — compare brightness 2, hue 2c, saturation 4

First Known Use of lightness

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lightness

noun

Definition of lightness

1 : the quality or state of being light especially in weight
2 : lack of seriousness and stability of character often accompanied by casual heedlessness
3 a : the quality or state of being nimble
b : an ease and gaiety of style or manner
4 : a lack of weightiness or force : delicacy

First Known Use of lightness

12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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