Dictionary and Thesaurus

  Definition of Light
  1. any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
  2. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"
  3. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
  4. brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"
  5. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
  6. public awareness; "it brought the scandal to light"
  7. mental understanding as an enlightening experience; "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
  8. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
  9. a visual warning signal; "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
  10. an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light"
  11. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  12. a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life"
  13. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
  14. having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
  15. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God''s light"
  16. make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
  17. begin to smoke; "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
  18. get off (a horse)
  19. to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him"
  20. fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
  21. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
  22. characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
  23. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
  24. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
  25. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light sandy soil"
  26. (of sleep) easily disturbed; "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"
  27. demanding little effort; not burdensome; "light housework"; "light exercise"
  28. having relatively few calories; "diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light) mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet"
  29. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; "a light diet"
  30. of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
  31. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
  32. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; "a light heart"
  33. not great in degree or quantity or number; "a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney"
  34. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; "light water is ordinary water"
  35. of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
  36. moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
  37. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
  38. having a spongy or flaky texture; well-leavened; "light pastries"
  39. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"
  40. silly or trivial; "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
  41. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; "light verse"; "a light comedy"
  42. having little importance; "losing his job was no light matter"
  43. used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress; "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"
  44. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
  45. very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper"; "flimsy voile"; "light summer dresses"
  46. weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain"; "was sick and faint from hunger"; "felt light in the head"; "a swooning fit"; "light-headed with wine"; "light-headed from lack of sleep"
  47. with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light"
Similar Words: light source, lighter, igniter, ignitor, lightness, sparkle, spark, luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, Inner Light, Light, Light Within, Christ Within, visible light, visible radiation, lighting, illumination, illume, illumine, light up, illuminate, fire up, unhorse, dismount, get off, get down, alight, perch, fall, ignite, easy, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton, light-colored, friable, sandy, wakeful, lite, low-cal, lightsome, tripping, clean, clear, unclouded, idle, unaccented, weak, scant(p), short, flimsy, faint, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded, lightly


See Also: white, achromatic


Hyponyms: anchor light, riding light, riding lamp, blinker, flasher, fairy light, flood, floodlight, flood lamp, photoflood, headlight, headlamp, houselights, jacklight, navigation light, night-light, panel light, room light, searchlight, sidelight, running light, strip lighting, theater light, torch, cigar lighter, cigarette lighter, pocket lighter, fuse, fuze, fusee, fuzee, primer, priming, match, lucifer, friction match, aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, glory, gloriole, sunniness, highlight, highlighting, brightness, illuminance, illumination, incandescence, luminescence, glow, traffic light, traffic signal, stoplight, beam, beam of light, light beam, ray, ray of light, shaft, shaft of light, irradiation, candlelight, candle flame, corona, counterglow, gegenschein, daylight, firelight, fluorescence, friar's lantern, ignis fatuus, jack-o'-lantern, will-o'-the-wisp, gaslight, radiance, glowing, half-light, lamplight, meteor, shooting star, moonlight, moonshine, moon, starlight, sunlight, sunshine, sun, scintillation, streamer, torchlight, twilight, spotlight, light up, fire up, reignite, kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflame, flare up


Grouped Verbs: accrue, fall


Attributes: dark, bright, dull, lightness, value, weight


Entailments: smoke


Part Meronyms: electromagnetic spectrum


Derivational Morphology: illume, illumine, light up, illuminate, ignite, fire up, sparkle, scintillate, coruscate, illumination, illuminance, illuminant, lighting, lightness, luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness, light source, visible light, visible radiation, lighter, igniter, ignitor, dismount, ignition, firing, kindling, inflammation


Language Translations:
Afrikaans: aansteek and lig and skyn   Albanian: dritë  
Arabic: نور (nur), ضوء (Dau')   Armenian: թեթև and լույս and լուսավորել and ճրագ and սփրթնած and վառել  
Bulgarian: светлина   Catalan: clar and encendre and lleuger and llum  
Chinese: 照明 and 點火 and and   Croatian: osvijetliti and svjetlo and upaliti  
Danish: antænde and belyse and kalorielet and let and lys   Dutch: aansteken and licht and lichten  
Esperanto: lumo   Estonian: valgus  
Finnish: kevyt and kevyt- and sytyttää and vaalea and valaista and valo   French: allumer and léger and lumière  
German: anzünden and beleuchten and erleuchtet and Erleuchtung and hell and leicht and Licht and Lichtquelle   Greek: φως and φωτίζω and φωτεινός and αχνός and ανάβω  
Hungarian: fény and gyújt and könnyű and világít and világos   Icelandic: bjart and fölur and fitulítill and kveikja and léttur and lýsa and ljós  
Indonesian: cahaya   Italian: accendere and chiaro and illuminare and leggero and luce  
Japanese: 照らす and 軽い and and 引火   Korean: 가볍다 and and 불붙이다 and 불켜다 and  
Latin: illuminare and levis and lux   Latvian: aizdedzināt and apgaismot and gaisma and gaišs and viegls  
Lithuanian: šviesa   Malayalam: കത്തിയ്ക്കുക and പ്രകാശിയ്ക്കുക and വെളിച്ചം  
Norwegian: lett and lys and opplyse and opplyst and tenne   Persian: نور (nur)  
Polish: jasny and lekki and oświetlić and rozpalić and światło and źródło   Portuguese: acender and clara and iluminar and leve and luz  
Russian: бледный and зажигать and лёгкий and освещать and свет and светлый   Slovak: osvetlenie and svetlo and svietiť and zapáliť  
Slovene: lahek and luč and osvetliti and prižgati and svetel and svetloba   Spanish: iluminar and ligero and luz and prender  
Swedish: belysa and belyst and blek and lätt and ljus and tända   Tagalog: ilaw  
Telugu: కాంతి and జ్ఞానజ్యోతి and జ్యోతి and ప్రకాశింపజేయు and వెలిగించు   Turkish: aydınlatmak and hafif and soluk and yakmak and ışık  
Ukrainian: запа́лювати and легкий and світло   Vietnamese: ánh sáng and chiếu sáng and nhạt and nhẹ and sáng and đèn and đốt  
Welsh: cynnau and golau and goleuo and ysgafn  
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