What does lightness mean?

Definitions for lightness
ˈlaɪt nɪslight·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elation, high spirits, lightnessnoun

    a feeling of joy and pride

  2. lightness, weightlessnessnoun

    the property of being comparatively small in weight

    "the lightness of balsa wood"

  3. agility, legerity, lightness, lightsomeness, nimblenessnoun

    the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble

  4. lightnessnoun

    having a light color

  5. light, lightnessnoun

    the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

    "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"

  6. lightsomeness, lightnessnoun

    the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lightnessnoun

    Etymology: from light.

    Some are for masts of ships, as fir and pine, because of their length, straightness, and lightness. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    Suppose many degrees of littleness and lightness in particles, so as many might float in the air a good while before they fell. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    For, unto knight there is no greater shame,
    Than lightness and inconstancy in love. Fairy Queen.

    Of two things they must chuse one; namely, whether they would, to their endless disgrace, with ridiculous lightness, dismiss him, whose restitution they had in so importunate manner desired, or else condescend unto that demand. Richard Hooker.

    As I blow this feather from my face,
    Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
    And yielding to another when it blows,
    Commanded always by the greatest gust;
    Such is the lightness of you common men. William Shakespeare.

    Is it the disdain of my estate, or the opinion of my lightness, that have emboldened such base fancies towards me? Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Can it be,
    That modesty may more betray our sense,
    Than woman’s lightness. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.


  1. Lightness

    Lightness is a visual perception of the luminance ( L ) {\displaystyle (L)} of an object. It is often judged relative to a similarly lit object. In colorimetry and color appearance models, lightness is a prediction of how an illuminated color will appear to a standard observer. While luminance is a linear measurement of light, lightness is a linear prediction of the human perception of that light. This distinction is meaningful because human vision's lightness perception is non-linear relative to light. Doubling the quantity of light does not result in a doubling in perceived lightness, only a modest increase. The symbol for perceptual lightness is usually either J {\displaystyle J} as used in CIECAM02 or L ∗ {\displaystyle L^{*}} as used in CIELAB and CIELUV. L ∗ {\displaystyle L^{*}} ("Lstar") is not to be confused with L {\displaystyle L} as used for luminance. In some color ordering systems such as Munsell, Lightness is referenced as value. Chiaroscuro and Tenebrism both take advantage of dramatic contrasts of value to heighten drama in art. Artists may also employ shading, subtle manipulation of value.


  1. lightness

    Lightness refers to the perceived brightness or intensity of a color or an object. It is a visual perception of the illumination of an object, often described on a scale from dark to light. This term is commonly used in art and design to describe the various shades, hues and tints in colors. In the concept of colorimetry, lightness varies between black (minimum lightness) and white (maximum lightness).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lightnessnoun

    the state, condition, or quality, of being light or not heavy; buoyancy; levity; fickleness; nimbleness; delicacy; grace

  2. Lightnessnoun

    illumination, or degree of illumination; as, the lightness of a room

  3. Lightnessnoun

    absence of depth or of duskiness in color; as, the lightness of a tint; lightness of complexion

  4. Etymology: [From Light bright.]


  1. Lightness

    Lightness is a philosophical concept most closely associated with continental philosophy and existentialism, which is used in ontology. The term "lightness" varies in usage but is differentiated from physical weight, such as "the lightness of balsa wood". In other words, "light like a bird," as Paul Valéry wrote, "and not like a feather".

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  1. nightless

  2. thingless

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of lightness in a Sentence

  1. Joan Lunden:

    Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.

  2. Steve Jobs:

    I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

  3. Scott C. Holstad:

    seeing is believing they say and if boundaries are limitless are we? or is existence twofold and doomed before the sights are set and if so does God really weep for humanity and must we continue to seek sustenance through escapism and do sporting events in all their microcosmic glory refute the tenets of nihilism or should we simply accept and wallow in our ignorance unbearable lightness of being creatures who feelwhat -- I don’t know

  4. Sarah Gadon:

    It's very much a fantasy ... I think the lightness and the comedic moments of the film really juxtapose the drama and intensity of that moment in time in the post-war era, (There is) a good balance for us to tell this story.

  5. Saadi Shirazi:

    Hast thou not perfect excellence, ?tis best To keep thy tongue in silence, for ?tis this Which shames a man; as lightness does attest The nut is empty, nor of value is.

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