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Meaning of light by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • lite ( informal )
    • lyght ( obsolete )
    • lyghte ( obsolete )


    • enPR: līt, IPA: /laɪt/, X-SAMPA: /laIt/
    • Rhymes: -aɪt
    • Homophone: lite

    Etymology 1

    Old English līhtan ( “illuminate” )


    light ( third-person singular simple present lights present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted )

    1. ( transitive ) To start ( a fire ) .
      We lit the fire to get some heat .
    2. ( transitive ) To set fire to .
      She lit her last match .
    3. ( transitive ) To illuminate .
      I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Old English lēoht. Cognate with Dutch licht, German Licht .


    light ( plural: lights )

    1. ( uncountable ) The natural medium emanating from the sun and other very hot sources ( now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm ), within which vision is possible .
      As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings .
    2. A source of illumination .
      Put that light out!
    3. Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information .
      Can you throw any light on this problem?
    4. ( in the plural:, now rare ) Facts. pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
    5. A notable person within a specific field or discipline .
      Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement .
    6. A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded .
      I'm really seeing you in a different light today .
      Magoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter .
    7. A flame or something used to create fire .
      Hey, buddy, you got a light?
    8. A window, or space for a window in architecture
      This facade has eight south-facing lights .
    9. The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue
      The average length of a light on a 15x15 grid is 7 or 8 .
    10. ( informal ) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic .
    Derived terms


    light ( comparative lighter, superlative lightest )

    1. having light
      The room is nice and light when the sun shines through the window .
    2. pale in colour
      She had light skin .
    3. ( of coffee ) served with extra milk or cream
      I like my coffee light .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    Old English lēoht, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lengʷʰ- ( “light” ). Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett, Albanian lehtë, Latin levis, , Lithuanian lengvas, Sanskrit लघु ( laghú ) .


    light ( comparative lighter, superlative lightest )

    1. Of low weight; not heavy .
      My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books .
    2. Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads .
      We took a light aircraft down to the city .
    3. Gentle; having little force or momentum .
      This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch .
    4. Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc .
      This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it .
    5. Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance .
      I made some light comment, and we moved on .
    6. ( rail transport, of a locomotive, usually with "run" ) travelling with no carriages, wagons attached
    7. ( obsolete ) Unchaste, wanton.
    Derived terms


    light ( comparative lighter, superlative lightest )

    1. Carrying little .
      I prefer to travel light .


    light ( plural: lights )

    1. ( curling ) A stone that is not thrown hard enough .

    Etymology 4

    Old English līhtan


    light ( third-person singular simple present lights present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted )

    1. To find by chance .
      I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's .
    2. ( archaic ) To alight .
      She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet .
    Derived terms


Explanation of light by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. make lighter or brighter

    2. This lamp lightens the room a bit
    3. begin to smoke

    4. alight from ( a horse )

    5. to come to rest, settle

    6. Misfortune lighted upon him
    7. fall to somebody by assignment or lot

    8. cause to start burning

    9. Light a cigarette
    1. with few burdens

    2. experienced travellers travel light
    1. characterized by or emitting light

    2. a room that is light when the shutters are open
      the inside of the house was airy and light
    3. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

    4. he was told to avoid loose ( or light ) women
    5. ( used of color ) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent

    6. light blue
      light colors such as pastels
      a light-colored powder
    7. ( used of soil ) loose and large-grained in consistency

    8. light soil
    9. ( of sleep ) easily disturbed

    10. in a light doze
      a light sleeper
    11. demanding little effort

    12. light housework
      light exercise
    13. having relatively few calories

    14. light ( or lite ) beer
      lite ( or light ) mayonnaise
    15. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal

    16. a light diet
    17. of comparatively little physical weight or density

    18. a light load
      magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C
    19. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight

    20. light aircraft
      a light truck
    21. psychologically light

    22. a light heart
    23. not great in degree or quantity or number

    24. a light sentence
      a light accent
      casualties were light
      light snow was falling
      light misty rain
      light smoke from the chimney
    25. not having atomic weight greater than average

    26. light water is ordinary water
    27. of little intensity or power or force

    28. the light touch of her fingers
      a light breeze
    29. moving easily and quickly

    30. the dancer was light and graceful
      a lightsome buoyant step
      walked with a light tripping step
    31. of the military or industry

    32. light infantry
      light cavalry
      light industry
      light weapons
    33. ( of sound or color ) free from anything that dulls or dims

    34. a light lilting voice like a silver bell
    35. silly or trivial

    36. light banter
      light idle chatter
    37. intended primarily as entertainment

    38. light verse
      a light comedy
    39. having little importance

    40. losing his job was no light matter
    41. ( used of vowels or syllables ) pronounced with little or no stress

    42. a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
    43. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

    44. a light pound
    45. marked by temperance in indulgence

    46. a light eater