- a giving light or being lighted; illumination; ignition
- the distribution of light and shade, as in a painting
- the art, practice, or manner of using and arranging lights on a stage, film or TV set, etc.
- these lights collectively
- The state of being lighted; illumination.
- a. The method or equipment used to provide artificial illumination.b. The illumination so provided.
- The act or process of igniting.
- The equipment used to provide illumination; the illumination so provided.
- The act of activating such equipment, or of igniting a flame etc.
- The process of annealing metals.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Variant of light
- the form of electromagnetic radiation that acts upon the retina of the eye, optic nerve, etc., making sight possible: this energy is transmitted in a vacuum at a velocity of 299,792,458 meters per second (c. 186,000 miles per second)
- a form of radiant energy similar to this, but not acting on the normal retina, as ultraviolet and infrared radiation
- the rate of flow of light radiation with respect to the sense of sight: it is measured in lumens
- the sensation that light stimulates in the organs of sight
- brightness; illumination, often of a specified kind: the dim light of a candle
- a source of light, as the sun, a lamp, a light bulb, etc.
- traffic light
- the light from the sun; daylight or dawn
- a thing by means of which something can be started burning: a light for a cigar
- the means by which light is let in; window or windowpane
- mental illumination; knowledge or information; enlightenment: to shed light on the past
- spiritual inspiration
- public knowledge or view: to bring new facts to light
- the way in which something is seen; aspect: presented in a favorable light
- facial expression showing a mental or emotional state: a light of recognition in his eyes
- a person whose brilliant record makes him or her an example for others; outstanding figure: one of the shining lights of the school
- the quality suggesting light created in a painting, drawing, etc., esp. in certain areas
- such an area
Origin of lightMiddle English liht ; from Old English lēoht, akin to German licht ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leuk-, to shine, bright from source Classical Greek leukos, white, Classical Latin lux and amp; lumen, light, lucere, to shine, luna, moon, Welsh llug, gleam
- having light; not dark; bright
- pale in color; whitish; fair
Origin of lightME liht < OE leoht
transitive verblighted or lit, lighting
- to set on fire; ignite: to light a bonfire
- to cause to give off light: to light a lamp
- to give light to; furnish with light; illuminate: lamps light the streets
- to brighten; animate
- to show the way to by giving light: a beacon lights the ships to harbor
Origin of lightME lighten < OE lihtan
- to catch fire: the fuse lighted at once
- to be lighted; brighten: usually with up
according to one's lights
in the light of
- to make or become light
- to make or become bright, cheerful, etc.
- Informal to begin smoking (a cigar, etc.)
see the light (of day)
- to come into existence
- to come to public view
- ☆ to understand
stand in one's own light
strike a light