light
noun.
(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
the light was filtered through a soft glass window
noun.
any device serving as a source of illumination
he stopped the car and turned off the lights
Synonym: light source
noun.
a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand
noun.
the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun
noun.
an illuminated area
he stepped into the light
noun.
a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
follow God's light
Synonym: illumination
noun.
the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark
Synonym: lightness
noun.
a person regarded very fondly
the light of my life
noun.
having abundant light or illumination
they played as long as it was light|as long as the lighting was good
Synonym: lighting
noun.
mental understanding as an enlightening experience
he finally saw the light|can you shed light on this problem?
noun.
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
he had a sparkle in his eye|there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes
Synonym: twinkle, sparkle, spark
noun.
public awareness
it brought the scandal to light
noun.
a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
noun.
a visual warning signal
they saw the light of the beacon|there was a light at every corner
noun.
a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
do you have a light?
verb.
make lighter or brighter
This lamp lightens the room a bit
verb.
begin to smoke
After the meal, some of the diners lit up
Synonym: fire up, light up
verb.
to come to rest, settle
Misfortune lighted upon him
Synonym: alight, perch
verb.
cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter|Light a cigarette
Synonym: ignite
verb.
fall to somebody by assignment or lot
The task fell to me|It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims
Synonym: fall
verb.
alight from (a horse)
verb.
start or maintain a fire in
fire the furnace
Synonym: fire, ignite
adj.
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
adj.
(used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
light blue|light colors such as pastels|a light-colored powder
Synonym: light-colored
adj.
of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
light infantry|light cavalry|light industry|light weapons
adj.
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
adj.
psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
a light heart
adj.
characterized by or emitting light
a room that is light when the shutters are open|the inside of the house was airy and light
adj.
of little intensity or power or force
the light touch of her fingers|a light breeze
adj.
(physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
light water is ordinary water
adv.
with few burdens
experienced travellers travel light
Synonym: lightly
adj.
(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
Synonym: unaccented, weak
adj.
easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
a light diet
adj.
(used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
light soil
adj.
(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
Synonym: clean, clear, unclouded
adj.
moving easily and quickly; nimble
the dancer was light and graceful|a lightsome buoyant step|walked with a light tripping step
adj.
demanding little effort; not burdensome
light housework|light exercise
adj.
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
adj.
very thin and insubstantial
thin paper|light summer dresses
adj.
marked by temperance in indulgence
abstemious with the use of adverbs|a light eater|a light smoker|ate a light supper
Synonym: abstemious
adj.
less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
a light pound|a scant cup of sugar|regularly gives short weight
Synonym: short, scant
adj.
having little importance
losing his job was no light matter
adj.
intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
light verse|a light comedy
adj.
silly or trivial
idle pleasure|light banter|light idle chatter
Synonym: idle
adj.
designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
light aircraft|a light truck
adj.
having relatively few calories
diet cola|light (or lite) beer|lite (or light) mayonnaise|a low-cal diet
adj.
(of sleep) easily disturbed
in a light doze|a light sleeper|a restless wakeful night
Synonym: wakeful
adj.
casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
her easy virtue|he was told to avoid loose (or light) women|wanton behavior
Antonym: dark, heavy