Definitions for LIGHTlaɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
lightlaɪt(n.; adj.)light•er; light•est
(n.)something that makes things visible or affords illumination:
All colors depend on light.
electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nanometers and propagated at a speed of 186,282 miles per second (299,972 km/sec). electromagnetic radiation just beyond either end of the visible spectrum; ultraviolet or infrared radiation.
the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of sight.
an illuminating agent or source, as the sun, a lamp, or a beacon.
the radiance or illumination from a particular source, as a candle or the sun.
the illumination from the sun; daylight, daybreak, or dawn.
a particular light or illumination in which an object seen takes on a certain appearance:
viewing the portrait in dim light.
a device for or means of igniting, as a spark, flame, or match.
a traffic light.
the aspect in which a thing appears or is regarded:
Try to look at the situation in a better light.
Art. the effect of light falling on an object or scene as represented in a picture. one of the brightest parts of a picture.
Category: Fine Arts
a gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.
a measure or supply of light; illumination.
spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.
a window, or a pane or compartment of a window.
mental insight; understanding.
lights, the information, ideas, or mental capacities possessed:
to act according to one's lights.
Category: Nautical, Navy
(adj.)having light or illumination; bright; well-lighted.
pale, whitish, or not deep or dark in color:
a light blue.
(of coffee or tea) containing enough milk or cream to produce a light color.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.t.)to set burning, as a candle, lamp, fire, match, or cigarette; kindle; ignite.
to turn or switch on (an electric light):
to light the lamp.
to give light to; furnish with light or illumination:
to light a room.
to make (an area or object) bright with or as if with light (often fol. by up).
to cause (the face, surroundings, etc.) to brighten, esp. with joy, animation, or the like (often fol. by up):
A smile lit up her face.
to guide or conduct with a light.
(v.i.)to take fire or become kindled.
to ignite a cigar, cigarette, or pipe for purposes of smoking (usu. fol. by up).
to become illuminated when switched on:
This table lamp won't light.
Category: Common Vocabulary
to become bright, as with light or color (often fol. by up):
The sky lights up at sunrise.
to brighten with animation or joy, as the face or eyes (often fol. by up).
Idioms for light:
bring to light,to discover or reveal.
come to light,to be discovered or revealed.
in (the) light of,taking into account; because of; considering.
see the light, to come into existence or prominence. to understand something at last.
Origin of light:
bef. 900; ME; OE lēoht (n.), c. OS, OHG lioht
lightlaɪt(adj. and adv.)-er, -est.
(adj.)of little weight; not heavy:
a light load.
of little weight in proportion to bulk; of low specific gravity:
a light metal.
of less than the usual or average weight:
weighing less than the proper or standard amount.
of small amount, force, intensity, etc.:
a light rain; light sleep.
using or applying little or slight pressure or force.
not distinct; faint.
easy to endure, deal with, or perform; not difficult or burdensome:
not very profound or serious; amusing or entertaining:
of little importance or consequence; trivial:
The loss of a job is no light matter.
not rich or heavy:
a light snack.
(of alcoholic beverages) not heavy or strong: (esp. of beer and wine) having fewer calories and usu. a lower alcohol content than the standard product.
a light apéritif.
spongy or well-leavened, as cake.
(of soil) containing much sand; porous or crumbly.
slender or delicate in form or appearance.
airy or buoyant in movement; nimble or agile:
light on one's feet.
free from trouble, sorrow, or worry; cheerful; carefree:
a light heart.
characterized by lack of proper seriousness; frivolous.
sexually promiscuous; loose.
easily swayed; changeable; volatile.
dizzy; slightly delirious.
(of soldiers) lightly armed or equipped:
having little or no cargo, encumbrance, or the like; not burdened:
a light freighter.
adapted by small weight or slight build for small loads or swift movement:
a light truck.
using small-scale machinery primarily for the production of consumer goods:
Category: Common Vocabulary
(of a syllable) unstressed. short.
(adv.)without much or extra baggage:
to travel light.
Origin of light:
bef. 900; ME; OE lēoht, līht, c. OS līht-, OHG līht, ON lēttr, Go leihts
lightlaɪt(v.i.)light•ed or lit, light•ing.
to get down or descend, as from a horse or a vehicle.
to come to rest, as on a spot or thing; fall or settle upon; land:
The bird lighted on the branch.
to come by chance; happen; hit (usu. fol. by on or upon):
to light on a clue.
to settle on a place or person:
The choice lighted upon our candidate.
light into, to attack physically or verbally.
Category: Verb Phrase, Informal
light out,Informal. to depart quickly.
Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)
Origin of light:
bef. 900; ME lihten, OE līhtan to make light, relieve of a weight; see light2
light, visible light, visible radiation(noun)
(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
"the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
light, light source(noun)
any device serving as a source of illumination
"he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
"although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, light(noun)
the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
"its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
an illuminated area
"he stepped into the light"
a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
"follow God's light"
the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
"he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
a person regarded very fondly
"the light of my life"
having abundant light or illumination
"they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
mental understanding as an enlightening experience
"he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
sparkle, twinkle, spark, light(noun)
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
"he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
"it brought the scandal to light"
Inner Light, Light, Light Within, Christ Within(noun)
a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
a visual warning signal
"they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
lighter, light, igniter, ignitor(adj)
a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
"do you have a light?"
of comparatively little physical weight or density
"a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
(used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
"light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
"light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
not great in degree or quantity or number
"a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney"
psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
"a light heart"
characterized by or emitting light
"a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
unaccented, light, weak(adj)
(used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
"a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"
easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
"a light diet"
(used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
clean, clear, light, unclouded(adj)
(of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
"efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"
light, lightsome, tripping(adj)
moving easily and quickly; nimble
"the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
demanding little effort; not burdensome
"light housework"; "light exercise"
of little intensity or power or force
"the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
(physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
"light water is ordinary water"
faint, light, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded(adj)
weak and likely to lose consciousness
"suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep"
very thin and insubstantial
"thin paper"; "light summer dresses"
marked by temperance in indulgence
"abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
light, scant(p), short(adj)
less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
"a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
having little importance
"losing his job was no light matter"
intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
"light verse"; "a light comedy"
silly or trivial
"idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
"light aircraft"; "a light truck"
light, lite, low-cal, calorie-free(adj)
having relatively few calories
"diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light) mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet"
(of sleep) easily disturbed
"in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"
easy, light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton(verb)
casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
"her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
light, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate(verb)
make lighter or brighter
"This lamp lightens the room a bit"
light up, fire up, light(verb)
begin to smoke
"After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
alight, light, perch(verb)
to come to rest, settle
"Misfortune lighted upon him"
cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
fall to somebody by assignment or lot
"The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
unhorse, dismount, light, get off, get down(adverb)
alight from (a horse)
with few burdens
"experienced travellers travel light"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
brightness from the sun's rays or an electric light
She read by the light of a small lamp.; the light coming in through the curtains
an electrical device that produces brightness
Turn the light on/off.
all the lights in a particular room, building, etc.
when the lights come on in the stadium; Please turn off the lights.
a traffic light
Turn right at the next light.
to become or make known
the way the banking scandal came to light; The errors were brought to light in the report.
considering or because of
In light of recent events, changes will be made.
hope that a bad situation will end soon
I have no money, and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
to finally realize or understand
Company bosses had finally seen the light with regard to improving working conditions.
to explain sth
Can anyone throw some light on what happened yesterday?
to set fire to
It's not light enough to take pictures in here.; In winter it gets light later in the morning.
a light pink color; very light skin
a light package; light cotton material
low in amount
a light supper/snack
entertaining, not serious
containing less fat or sugar than usual
to treat sth as if it is not serious
She made light of their troubles.
to make sth start burning
to light a match/candle
to make bright with the sun, moon, or an electric light
The moon lit the room enough for her to see.
that agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous
that which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc
the time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day
the brightness of the eye or eyes
the medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions
open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity
the power of perception by vision
that which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information
prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity
the manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; -- opposed to shade. Cf. Chiaroscuro
appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light
one who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity
a firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light
having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light
white or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion
to set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up
to give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up
to attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light
to become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light
to be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; -- with up; as, the room lights up very well
having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy
not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load
easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task
easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment
not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse
not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift
not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light
slight; not important; as, a light error
well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread
not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors
not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind
not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution
easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind
indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial
not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy
easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered
wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character
not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin
loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil
to lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off
to dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in
to feel light; to be made happy
to descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect
to come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon
to come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into
Visible light is electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye, and is responsible for the sense of sight. Visible light has a wavelength in the range of about 380 nanometres, or 380×10^−9 m, to about 740 nanometres – between the invisible infrared, with longer wavelengths and the invisible ultraviolet, with shorter wavelengths. Primary properties of visible light are intensity, propagation direction, frequency or wavelength spectrum, and polarisation, while its speed in a vacuum, 299,792,458 meters per second, is one of the fundamental constants of nature. Visible light, as with all types of electromagnetic radiation, is experimentally found to always move at this speed in vacuum. In common with all types of EMR, visible light is emitted and absorbed in tiny "packets" called photons, and exhibits properties of both waves and particles. This property is referred to as the wave–particle duality. The study of light, known as optics, is an important research area in modern physics. In physics, the term light sometimes refers to electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength, whether visible or not. This article focuses on visible light. See the electromagnetic radiation article for the general term.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
That portion of the electromagnetic spectrum in the visible, ultraviolet, and infrared range.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
120mm and less.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'LIGHT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #668
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Rank popularity for the word 'LIGHT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #886
Rank popularity for the word 'LIGHT' in Nouns Frequency: #194
Rank popularity for the word 'LIGHT' in Verbs Frequency: #510
Rank popularity for the word 'LIGHT' in Adjectives Frequency: #172
Translations for LIGHT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
easy to lift or carry; of little weight
I bought a light suitcase for plane journeys.
- خَفيف، غَيْر ثَقيلArabic
- levePortuguese (BR)
- ،كم وزن سبکPersian
- سپك،كم وزنهPashto
- 輕的Chinese (Trad.)
- легкий; неважкийUkrainian
- اٹھانے اور لے جانے میں سہلUrdu
- 轻的Chinese (Simp.)
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