light

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 /laɪt/

For the verb: "to light"

Simple Past: lit, lighted
Past Participle: lit, lighted

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light /laɪt/ n
  1. the medium of illumination that makes sight possible
  2. Also called: visible radiation electromagnetic radiation that is capable of causing a visual sensation and has wavelengths from about 380 to about 780 nanometres
  3. (not in technical usage) electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength outside this range, esp ultraviolet radiation: ultraviolet light
  4. the sensation experienced when electromagnetic radiation within the visible spectrum falls on the retina of the eye
  5. anything that illuminates, such as a lamp or candle
  6. See traffic light
  7. a particular quality or type of light: a good light for reading
  8. illumination from the sun during the day; daylight
  9. the time this appears; daybreak; dawn
  10. anything that allows the entrance of light, such as a window or compartment of a window
  11. the condition of being visible or known (esp in the phrases bring or come to light)
  12. an aspect or view: he saw it in a different light
  13. mental understanding or spiritual insight
  14. a person considered to be an authority or leader
  15. brightness of countenance, esp a sparkle in the eyes
  16. the act of igniting or kindling something, such as a cigarette
  17. something that ignites or kindles, esp in a specified manner, such as a spark or flame
  18. something used for igniting or kindling, such as a match
  19. See lighthouse
  20. in light of, in the light ofin view of; taking into account; considering
  21. see the light, see the light of dayto come into being
  22. to come to public notice
  23. strike a light ⇒ (verb) to ignite something, esp a match, by friction
  24. (interjection) Brit an exclamation of surprise
adj
  1. full of light; well-lighted
  2. (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a large amount of light: light yellow
vb (lights, lighting, lighted, lit /lɪt/)
  1. to ignite or cause to ignite
  2. (often followed by up) to illuminate or cause to illuminate
  3. to make or become cheerful or animated
  4. (transitive) to guide or lead by light

See also lights1, light upEtymology: Old English lēoht; related to Old High German lioht, Gothic liuhath, Latin lux

ˈlightish adj ˈlightless adj
light /laɪt/ adj
  1. not heavy; weighing relatively little
  2. having relatively low density: magnesium is a light metal
  3. lacking sufficient weight; not agreeing with standard or official weights
  4. not great in degree, intensity, or number: light rain, a light eater
  5. without burdens, difficulties, or problems; easily borne or done: a light heart, light work
  6. graceful, agile, or deft: light fingers
  7. not bulky or clumsy
  8. not serious or profound; entertaining: light verse
  9. without importance or consequence; insignificant: no light matter
  10. frivolous or capricious
  11. loose in morals
  12. dizzy or unclear: a light head
  13. (of bread, cake, etc) spongy or well leavened
  14. easily digested: a light meal
  15. relatively low in alcoholic content: a light wine
  16. (of a soil) having a crumbly texture
  17. (of a vessel, lorry, etc) designed to carry light loads
  18. not loaded
  19. carrying light arms or equipment: light infantry
  20. (of an industry) engaged in the production of small consumer goods using light machinery
  21. (of an aircraft) having a maximum take-off weight less than 5670 kilograms (12 500 pounds)
  22. (of an oil fraction obtained from coal tar) having a boiling range between about 100° and 210°C
  23. (of a railway) having a narrow gauge, or in some cases a standard gauge with speed or load restrictions not applied to a main line
  24. (of a syllable, vowel, etc) unaccented or weakly stressed; short
  25. light oninformal lacking a sufficient quantity of (something)
  26. make light ofto treat as insignificant or trifling
adv
  1. a less common word for lightly
  2. with little equipment, baggage, etc: to travel light
vb (lights, lighting, lighted, lit /lɪt/)(intransitive)
  1. (esp of birds) to settle or land after flight
  2. to get down from a horse, vehicle, etc
  3. followed by on or upon: to come upon unexpectedly
  4. to strike or fall on: the choice lighted on me

See also light into, light out, lights2Etymology: Old English lēoht; related to Dutch licht, Gothic leihts

ˈlightish adj ˈlightly adv ˈlightness n



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