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  • n  (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
    the light was filtered through a soft glass window
  • n  any device serving as a source of illumination
    he stopped the car and turned off the lights
  • n  a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
    although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand
  • n  the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
  • n  an illuminated area
    he stepped into the light
  • n  a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
    follow God's light
  • n  the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
    he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark
  • n  a person regarded very fondly
    the light of my life
  • n  having abundant light or illumination
    they played as long as it was light
    as long as the lighting was good
  • n  mental understanding as an enlightening experience
    he finally saw the light
    can you shed light on this problem?
  • n  merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
  • n  public awareness
    it brought the scandal to light
  • n  a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  • n  a visual warning signal
    they saw the light of the beacon
    there was a light at every corner
  • n  a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
    do you have a light?
  • v  make lighter or brighter
    This lamp lightens the room a bit
  • v  begin to smoke
  • v  to come to rest, settle
    Misfortune lighted upon him
  • v  cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
  • v  fall to somebody by assignment or lot
  • v  alight from (a horse)
  • a  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
  • a  (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    light blue
    light colors such as pastels
    a light-colored powder
  • a  of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
    light infantry
    light cavalry
    light industry
    light weapons
  • a  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
  • a  psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
    a light heart
  • a  characterized by or emitting light
    a room that is light when the shutters are open
    the inside of the house was airy and light
  • s  (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
    a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
  • s  easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
    a light diet
  • s  (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
    light soil
  • s  (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    a light lilting voice like a silver bell
  • s  moving easily and quickly; nimble
    the dancer was light and graceful
    a lightsome buoyant step
    walked with a light tripping step
  • s  demanding little effort; not burdensome
    light housework
    light exercise
  • a  of little intensity or power or force
    the light touch of her fingers
    a light breeze
  • a  (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
    light water is ordinary water
  • s  weak and likely to lose consciousness
    felt light in the head
    light-headed with wine
    light-headed from lack of sleep
  • s  very thin and insubstantial
    light summer dresses
  • s  marked by temperance in indulgence
    a light eater
    a light smoker
    ate a light supper
  • s  less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    a light pound
  • s  having little importance
    losing his job was no light matter
  • s  intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
    light verse
    a light comedy
  • s  silly or trivial
    light banter
    light idle chatter
  • s  designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
    light aircraft
    a light truck
  • s  having relatively few calories
    light (or lite) beer
    lite (or light) mayonnaise
  • s  (of sleep) easily disturbed
    in a light doze
    a light sleeper
  • s  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
    he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • r  with few burdens
    experienced travellers travel light

  • Charged with the Red Light Bandit crimes as well as the clothing-store robbery, Chessman insisted on acting as his own defense counsel.
  • Narciso Rodriguez tapped into this season's trend for light and airy clothes with a collection of soft, sleek silhouettes in a monochrome palette of black, white, gray and some .
  • Cities can save energyand moneyby illuminating public spaces with LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.
News & Articles


  • Pope Benedict XVI in Reuters
    ...white and gold vestments as he spoke to some 15,000 priests, Benedict said the year that was to have celebrated the priesthood had been marred because "the sins of priests came to light, particularly the abuse of the little ones."
  • Ben Bernanke in Reuters
    In light of these developments, the Federal Reserve will need to consider whether the current stance of policy remains appropriate,said Bernanke, who is regarded as an expert on the Great Depression.
  • Dana Perino in CNN
    Based on information that has subsequently come to light, the president has directed the [Justice Department's] pardon attorney not to execute and deliver a grant of clemency to Mr. Toussie,White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said in a...

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