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Noun: light  lIt
  1. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
    "the light was filtered through a soft glass window";
    - visible light, visible radiation
  2. Any device serving as a source of illumination
    "he stopped the car and turned off the lights";
    - light source
  3. A particular perspective or aspect of a situation
    "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
  4. 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
  5. An illuminated area
    "he stepped into the light"
  6. A condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
    "follow God's light";
    - illumination
  7. The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
    "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark";
    - lightness
  8. A person regarded very fondly
    "the light of my life"
  9. The quality or amount of light; the effect and arrangement of lights
    "they played as long as it was light";
    - lighting, illumination
  10. Mental understanding as an enlightening experience
    "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem?"
  11. Merriment expressed by a brightness, gleam or animation of countenance
    "he had a light in his eye";
    - sparkle, twinkle, spark
  12. Public awareness
    "it brought the scandal to light"
  13. A visual warning signal
    "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
  14. A device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
    "do you have a light?";
    - lighter, igniter, ignitor
Adjective: light (lighter,lightest)  lIt
  1. 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"
  2. (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]
  3. (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
  4. Easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
    "a light diet"
  5. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
    "light soil"
  6. (of sound or colour) free from anything that dulls or dims
    "a light lilting voice like a silver bell";
    - clean, clear, unclouded
  7. Moving easily and quickly; nimble
    "the dancer was light and graceful"; "walked with a light tripping step";
    - lightsome, tripping
  8. Demanding little effort; not burdensome
    "light housework"; "light exercise"
  9. Weak and likely to lose consciousness
    "felt light in the head"; "light-headed with wine";
    - faint, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded
  10. Very thin and insubstantial
    "light summer dresses"
  11. Less than the correct, legal or full amount, often deliberately
    "a light pound";
    - scant, short
  12. Having little importance
    "losing his job was no light matter"
  13. Intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
    "light verse"; "a light comedy"
  14. Silly or trivial
    "light banter"; "light idle chatter";
    - idle
  15. Designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
    "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
  16. Having relatively few calories
    "light beer"; "light mayonnaise"; "cola light";
    - lite, low-cal, calorie-free
  17. (of sleep) easily disturbed
    "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper";
    - wakeful
  18. Of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
    "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
  19. 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"
  20. Free from sadness or troubles
    "a light heart"
  21. Characterized by or emitting light
    "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
  22. Of little intensity, power or force
    "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
  23. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
    "light water is ordinary water"
  24. Marked by temperance in indulgence
    "a light eater"; "ate a light supper";
    - abstemious
Verb: light (lit, also lighted)  lIt
  1. Make lighter or brighter
    - illume, illumine, light up, illuminate
  2. Begin to smoke
    "After the meal, some of the diners lit up";
    - light up, fire up
  3. To come to rest, settle
    - alight, perch
  4. Cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
    "Light a cigarette";
    - ignite
  5. Be allotted to somebody by assignment or as part of their role
    - fall
  6. (riding) alight from (a horse)
    - unhorse, dismount, get off, get down, demount
  7. Start or maintain a fire in
    - fire, ignite
Adverb: light  lIt
  1. With few burdens
    "experienced travellers travel light";
    - lightly
Noun: Light
  1. A divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
    - Inner Light, Light Within, Christ Within

Derived forms: lighter, lights, lighting, lightest, lit

See also: ablaze, airy, autofluorescent, bioluminescent, bright, buoyant, candent, candescent [rare], 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, undemanding, unimportant, unstressed, value, weight, well-lighted, white

Type of: actinic radiation, actinic ray, aspect, brainstorm, brainwave, burn, china [Brit, informal], 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, mate [Brit, informal], morality, morals, pass, perspective, physical property, position, public knowledge, return, scene, set down, sink, source of illumination, status, verve, view, visual property, visual signal, vitality

Antonym: dark, heavy

Part of: electromagnetic spectrum

Encyclopedia: Light, Rapid, Comfortable