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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, perchverb

    to come to rest, settle

    "Misfortune lighted upon him"

  3. alight, climb downverb

    come down

    "the birds alighted"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Alightverb

    Etymology: ahhtan, Sax. af-lichten, Dutch.

    There ancient night arriving, did alight
    From her high weary waine. Fairy Queen, b. i. c. v.

    There is alighted at your gate
    A young Venetian. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Slackness breeds worms; but the sure traveller,
    Though he alights sometimes, still goeth on. George Herbert.

    When marching with his foot he walks till night;
    When with his horse he never will alight. John Denham.

    When Dedalus, to fly the Cretan shore,
    His heavy limbs on jointed pinions bore;
    The first that fail’d in air, ’tis sung by Fame,
    To the Cumean coast at length he came,
    And here alighting built this costly frame. John Dryden, Æneid.

    When he was admonished by his subject to descend, he came down gently and circling in the air, and singing to the ground. Like a lark, melodious in her mounting, and continuing her song till she alights; still preparing for a higher flight at her next sally. Dryden.

    When finish’d was the fight,
    The victors from their lusty steeds alight;
    Like them dismounted all the warlike train. John Dryden, Fables.

    Should a spirit of superiour rank, a stranger to human nature, alight upon the earth, what would his notions of us be? Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    But storms of stones from the proud temple’s height,
    Pour down, and on our batter’d helms alight. John Dryden, Æneid.


  1. Alight

    Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions of beneficiaries over the last 40 years. In 2011, Alight helped nearly 2.5 million people get essential services to regain their health and take back control of their lives. Alight works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to communities of refugees and internally displaced persons in seven countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including Iraq, Kosovo, and in the Darfur region of Sudan and is currently providing for emergency relief and recovery in Haiti. Alight provides shelter, clean water and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, and protection to help survivors of war and natural disasters to rebuild their lives with dignity, health care, security, and self-sufficiency.


  1. alight

    Alight has two main definitions in English. 1) To descends from a train, bus, or other form of transport: "The passengers began to alight from the airplane." 2) To be visibly glowing or illuminated usually by fire or light: "The night sky was alight with stars."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alightverb

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

  2. Alightverb

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

  3. Alightverb

    to come or chance (upon)

  4. Alightadjective

    lighted; lighted up; in a flame

  5. Etymology: [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 always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  2. Vasdev Rai Pratap:

    I didn't know how dangerous the work in the mines is. Had I known, I would never have let him go, they said it took almost a day to dig out his body after the mine collapsed. They cremated him without telling me. I didn't even see my boy before they set him alight.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  • кацам, слизамBulgarian
  • apearse, aterrizar, bajarse, posarseSpanish
  • väljuma, maha tulemaEstonian
  • tau, makereMāori
  • płonącyPolish
  • descer, desembarcarPortuguese
  • выходи́ть, спе́шиваться, приземляться, сияющий, светящийся, вы́йти, спе́шитьсяRussian
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    the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
    A rateables
    B cycling
    C relocation
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