Light meaning

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A person who inspires or is adored by another.

My daughter is the light of my life.

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Pieces of laundry that are not dark in color.
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With little weight and few burdens.

Traveling light.

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In Quaker doctrine, the guiding spirit or divine presence in each person.
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The sensation of perceiving light; brightness.

A sudden light that made me blink.

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A way of looking at or considering a matter; an aspect.

Saw the situation in a different light.

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One of two or more openings in a window divided by a mullion or mullions.
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Something that provides information or clarification.

Research that produced little new light on the question.

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A prominent or distinguished person; a luminary.

One of the leading lights of the theater.

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Characterized by or filled with light; bright.

A room that is light when the shutters are open.

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Exerting little force or impact; gentle.

A light pat.

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Indistinct; faint.

Light print that I could barely make out.

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Moving easily and quickly; nimble.

You're very light on your feet.

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Mildly dizzy or faint.

Felt light in the head.

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Easily awakened or disturbed.

A light sleeper.

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In a light manner; lightly.
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To get down, as from a vehicle or horse; dismount.
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To descend to the ground after flight; land.
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To come upon one unexpectedly.

Misfortune lighted upon him.

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To come upon by chance or accident. Used with on or upon .

Lit on the perfect solution to the problem.

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The rate of flow of light radiation with respect to the sense of sight: it is measured in lumens.
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The sensation that light stimulates in the organs of sight.
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Brightness; illumination, often of a specified kind.

The dim light of a candle.

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A source of light, as the sun, a lamp, a lightbulb, etc.
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The light from the sun; daylight or dawn.
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A thing by means of which something can be started burning.

A light for a cigar.

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A windowpane, specif., any of the segments of a mullioned window.
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Mental illumination; knowledge or information; enlightenment.

To shed light on a past event.

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Spiritual inspiration.
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Public knowledge or view.

To bring new facts to light.

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The way in which something is seen; aspect.

Presented in a favorable light.

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Facial expression showing a mental or emotional state.

A light of recognition in his eyes.

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A person whose brilliant record makes him or her an example for others; outstanding figure.

One of the shining lights of the school.

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Having light; not dark; bright.
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Pale in color; not bright.

A light blue color.

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To set on fire; ignite.

To light a bonfire.

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To cause to give off light.

To light a lamp.

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To give light to; furnish with light; illuminate.

Lamps light the streets.

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To brighten; animate.
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To show the way to by giving light.

A beacon lights the ships to harbor.

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To catch fire.

The fuse lighted at once.

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To be lighted; brighten.
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Having little weight; not heavy.
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Having little weight for its size; of low specific gravity.
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Below the usual or defined weight.

A light coin.

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Less than usual or normal in amount, extent, intensity, force, etc.
  • Striking or making contact with little force or impact.
    A light blow.
  • Of less than the usual quantity or density.
    A light voter turnout, a light rain.
  • Not thick, coarse, or massive; delicate and graceful in structure.
    light tracery.
  • Not violent or intense; mild.
    A light wind.
  • Soft, muted, or muffled.
    A light sound.
  • Not prolonged or intense.
    light applause.
  • Not deep; easily disturbed.
    A light sleep.
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Of little importance; not serious or profound.

Light conversation.

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Easy to bear; not burdensome.

A light tax.

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Easy to do; not difficult.

Light housekeeping.

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Not burdened with grief or sorrow; happy; buoyant.

Light spirits.

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Of a flighty nature; frivolous; capricious.
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Loose in morals; wanton.
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Dizzy; giddy.
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Of an amusing or nonserious nature.

Light reading.

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Containing little alcohol.

Light wine.

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Containing fewer calories than others of its kind.

Light beer.

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Characterized by qualities suggestive of little weight; not dense, hard, full, etc.
  • Not as full as usual; moderate.
    A light meal.
  • Easy to digest.
  • Well leavened; soft and spongy.
    A light cake.
  • Loose in consistency; easily crumbled; porous.
    light sand.
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Moving with ease and nimbleness.

Light on one's feet.

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Able to carry little weight or cargo.

A light vehicle.

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Unstressed or slightly stressed.
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Designating or of an industry equipped with relatively light machinery and producing relatively small products.
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Designating, of, or equipped with weapons, armor, ships, etc. of a relatively small size or light weight.
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With little luggage, cargo, etc.

To travel light.

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To get down from a horse or vehicle; dismount; alight.
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To come to rest after traveling through the air.

Ducks lighting on the pond.

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To come or happen (on or upon) by chance.
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To fall or strike suddenly, as a blow.
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Electromagnetic radiation that can be perceived by the human eye. It is made up of electromagnetic waves with wavelengths between 4 × 10&spminus;7 and 7 × 10&spminus;7 meters. Light, and all other electromagnetic radiation, travels at a speed of about 299,728 km (185,831 mi) per second in a vacuum.
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Electromagnetic energy of a wavelength just outside the range the human eye can detect, such as infrared light and ultraviolet light.
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Electromagnetic energy with a waveform having a frequency above the upper limit of the radio range of 300 GHz and equal or less than the lower limit of the X-ray range of 30 PHz. At the low end of the range is infrared (IR) light, which operates at 30
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(uncountable) The natural medium emanating from the sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible.

As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.

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Put that light out!

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Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.

Can you throw any light on this problem?

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(in the plural, now rare) Facts; pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
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A notable person within a specific field or discipline.

Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.

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(painting) The manner in which the light strikes a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; opposed to shade.
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A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.

I'm really seeing you in a different light today.

Magoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter.

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A flame or something used to create fire.

Hey, buddy, you got a light?

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A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or coloured flame.

A Bengal light.

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A window, or space for a window in architecture.

This facade has eight south-facing lights.

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The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue.

The average length of a light on a 15×15 grid is 7 or 8.

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(informal) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
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Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
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The power of perception by vision.
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The brightness of the eye or eyes.
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A traffic light, or, by extension, an intersection controlled by one.

To get to our house, turn right at the third light.

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To start (a fire).

We lit the fire to get some heat.

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To set fire to; to set burning; to kindle.

She lit her last match.

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I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.

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(intransitive) To become ignited; to take fire.

This soggy match will not light.

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To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
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Having light.

The room is light when the sun shines through the window.

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She had light skin.

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(of coffee) Served with extra milk or cream.

I like my coffee light.

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Of low weight; not heavy.

My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.

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Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads.

We took a light aircraft down to the city.

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Gentle; having little force or momentum.

This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.

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Easy to endure or perform.

Light duties around the house.

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Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.

This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.

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Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.

I made some light comment, and we moved on.

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(rail transport, of a locomotive, usually with "run") Travelling with no carriages, wagons attached.
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Shakespeare.

So do not you; for you are a light girl.

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Shakespeare.

A light wife doth make a heavy husband.

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Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons.

Light troops; a troop of light horse.

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Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
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(dated) Easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile.

A light, vain person; a light mind.

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Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; lacking dignity or solemnity; frivolous; airy.
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Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
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Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished.

Light coin.

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Carrying little.

I prefer to travel light.

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(curling) A stone that is not thrown hard enough.
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(nautical) To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter.
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To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.
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To find by chance.

I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.

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(archaic) To alight.

She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.

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The definition of light is being pale, not deep or dark.

An example of light is the color of baby blue.

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Light means to make something burn or illuminate.

An example of light is to use a match to make a candle burn.

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Light is defined as radiation that acts upon on the retina of the eye to make site possible.

An example of light is the sun.

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Something, such as a window, that admits illumination.
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Eyesight.
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One's individual opinions, choices, or standards.

Acted according to their own lights.

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An expression of the eyes.

A strange light in her eyes.

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To set on fire; ignite or kindle.

Lit the kindling.

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To cause to give out light; make luminous.

Lit a lamp.

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To provide, cover, or fill with light; illuminate.

Fireworks lighting the sky.

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To signal, direct, or guide with light.
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To enliven or animate.

A smile lit her face.

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To start to burn; be ignited or kindled.

Green wood does not light easily.

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To emit light; be lighted.

Wait until the indicator lights up.

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Not dark in color; fair.

Light hair and skin.

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Served with milk or cream. Used of coffee.
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  • To provide information about or clarify (something).
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in (the) light of
  • In consideration of; in relationship to.
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light a fire under
  • To urge or move to action.
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light at the end of the tunnel
  • The prospect of success, relief, or escape after strenuous effort.
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go light on
  • To use, acquire, or consume in small or moderate amounts:.
    Go light on the garlic.
  • To treat leniently.
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according to one's lights
  • As one's opinions, information, or standards may direct.
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in (the) light of
  • With knowledge of; considering.
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light up
  • To make or become light.
  • To make or become bright, cheerful, etc.
  • To begin smoking (a cigar, etc.).
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out like a light
  • Unconscious or fast asleep.
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see the light (of day)
  • To come into existence.
  • To come to public view.
  • To come to understand.
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stand in one's own light
  • To harm one's reputation by acting unwisely.
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strike a light
  • To make a flame, as with a match.
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under the lights
  • At night.
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light in the head
  • Dizzy; giddy.
  • Simple; foolish.
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light into
  • To attack.
  • To scold; berate.
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light out
  • To depart suddenly.
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make light of
  • To treat as trifling or unimportant; pay little or no attention to.
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Origin of light

  • Middle English from Old English lēoht, līht legwh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English lēoht, līht leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lÄ“oht (“light, daylight; power of vision; luminary; world"), from Proto-Germanic *leuhtÄ… (“light"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewktom, from the root *lewk- (“light"). Cognate with Scots licht (“light"), West Frisian ljocht (“light"), Dutch licht (“light"), Low German licht (“light"), German Licht (“light"). Related also to Swedish ljus (“light"), Icelandic ljós (“light"), Latin lÅ«x (“light"), Russian луч (luč, “beam of light"), Armenian Õ¬Õ¸Ö‚ÕµÕ½ (luys, “light").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English lÄ“oht, from Proto-Germanic *linhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lengÊ·Ê°- (“light"). Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett, Albanian lehtë, Latin levis, Lithuanian lengvas, Sanskrit लघु (laghú).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lÄ“oht (“luminous, bright, light, clear, resplendent, renowned, beautiful"), from Proto-Germanic *leuhtaz (“light"), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (“light"). Cognate with Dutch licht, German licht.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lighten, lihten, from Old English lÄ«htan, lȳhtan, lÄ“ohtan (“to lighten, illuminate, give light, shine; grow light, dawn; light, kindle").

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English lÄ«htan

    From Wiktionary