Noun: light lIt
Adjective: light (lighter,lightest) lIt
- (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
"the light was filtered through a soft glass window";
- visible light, visible radiation
- Any device serving as a source of illumination
"he stopped the car and turned off the lights";
- light source
- A particular perspective or aspect of a situation
"although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
- The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
"its light is measured relative to that of our sun";
- luminosity, brightness, brightness level, luminance, luminousness
- An illuminated area
"he stepped into the light"
- A condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
"follow God's light";
- The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
"he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark";
- A person regarded very fondly
"the light of my life"
- Having abundant light or illumination
"they played as long as it was light";
- Mental understanding as an enlightening experience
"he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
- Merriment expressed by a brightness, gleam or animation of countenance
"he had a light in his eye";
- sparkle, twinkle, spark
- Public awareness
"it brought the scandal to light"
- A visual warning signal
"they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
- A device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
"do you have a light?";
- lighter, igniter, ignitor
Verb: light (lit, also lighted) lIt
- 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"
- (used of colour) having a relatively small amount of colouring agent
"light blue"; "light colours such as pastels"; "a light-coloured powder"; "light-coloured blue";
- light-colored [US], light-coloured [Brit, Cdn]
- Of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
"light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
- Not great in degree, quantity or number
"a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney"
- Free from sadness or troubles
"a light heart"
- Characterized by or emitting light
"a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
- (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
"a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable";
- unaccented, weak
- Easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
"a light diet"
- (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
- (of sound or colour) free from anything that dulls or dims
"a light lilting voice like a silver bell";
- clean, clear, unclouded
- Moving easily and quickly; nimble
"the dancer was light and graceful"; "walked with a light tripping step";
- lightsome, tripping
- Demanding little effort; not burdensome
"light housework"; "light exercise"
- Of little intensity, power or force
"the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
- (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
"light water is ordinary water"
- Weak and likely to lose consciousness
"felt light in the head"; "light-headed with wine";
- faint, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded
- Very thin and insubstantial
"light summer dresses"
- Marked by temperance in indulgence
"a light eater"; "ate a light supper";
- Less than the correct, legal or full amount, often deliberately
"a light pound";
- scant, short
- Having little importance
"losing his job was no light matter"
- Intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
"light verse"; "a light comedy"
- Silly or trivial
"light banter"; "light idle chatter";
- Designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
"light aircraft"; "a light truck"
- Having relatively few calories
"light beer"; "light mayonnaise";
- lite, low-cal, calorie-free
- (of sleep) easily disturbed
"in a light doze"; "a light sleeper";
- Casual and unrestrained in sexual behaviour
"he was told to avoid loose (or light) women";
- easy, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton, slutty, tarty
Adverb: light lIt
- Make lighter or brighter
- illume, illumine, light up, illuminate
- Begin to smoke
"After the meal, some of the diners lit up";
- light up, fire up
- To come to rest, settle
- alight, perch
- Cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
"Light a cigarette";
- Be allotted to somebody by assignment or as part of their role
- (riding) alight from (a horse)
- unhorse, dismount, get off, get down, demount
- With few burdens
"experienced travellers travel light";
- A divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
- Inner Light, Light Within, Christ Within
Derived forms: lighter, lighting, lightest, lights, lit
See also: ablaze, airy, autofluorescent, bioluminescent, bright, buoyant, candent, candescent, casual, dark, deficient, digestible, dull, easy, fat-free, fatless, floaty, floodlighted, floodlit, fluorescent, fooling, frivolous, gentle, ill, illuminated, incandescent, inflamed, insignificant, insufficient, lamplit, light-armed, light-duty, lighted, lighter-than-air, light-footed, lighting-up, lightly-armed, lightweight, lit, livid, loose, low-density, luminescent, nonfat, pale, palish, pastel, phosphorescent, powdery, pure, reddened, shallow, sick, soft, sunlit, sunstruck, temperate, thin, unchaste, undemanding, unimportant, unstressed, value, weight, well-lighted, white
Type of: actinic radiation, actinic ray, aspect, brainstorm, brainwave, burn, combust, come down, condition, descend, device, devolve, ethical motive, ethics, expression, face, facial expression, fall, friend, general knowledge, go down, illumination, insight, land, lighten, lighten up, look, morality, morals, pass, perspective, physical property, position, public knowledge, return, scene, set down, source of illumination, status, verve, view, visual property, visual signal, vitality
Antonym: dark, heavy
Part of: electromagnetic spectrum
Encyclopedia: Light, John