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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ablaze(p), afire(p), aflame(p), aflare(p), alight(p), on fire(p)(verb)

    lighted up by or as by fire or flame

    "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning"; "even the car's tires were aflame"; "a night aflare with fireworks"; "candles alight on the tables"; "houses on fire"

  2. alight, light, perch(verb)

    to come to rest, settle

    "Misfortune lighted upon him"

  3. alight, climb down(verb)

    come down

    "the birds alighted"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alight(verb)

    to spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount

  2. Alight(verb)

    to descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof

  3. Alight(verb)

    to come or chance (upon)

  4. Alight(adj)

    lighted; lighted up; in a flame

  5. Origin: [Pref. a- + light.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alight

    a-līt′, v.i. to come down, as from a horse (from): to descend: to land anywhere (upon): to fall upon. [A.S. alíhtan, to come down. See Light, v.]

  2. Alight

    a-līt′, adj. on fire: lighted up. [a, on, and Light. See Light, n.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alight in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alight in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of alight in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp... But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  2. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  4. Zeg Choudhry:

    In a normal environment, when we see China data as good as what we had over the weekend, that would set the market alight, the pressure on crude is the noose around our neck at the moment.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

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  • кацам, слизамBulgarian
  • aterrizar, posarse, bajarse, apearseSpanish
  • maha tulema, väljumaEstonian
  • tau, makereMāori
  • płonącyPolish
  • descer, desembarcarPortuguese
  • вы́йти, сияющий, приземляться, спе́шиваться, выходи́ть, светящийся, спе́шитьсяRussian
  • Chinese

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