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light - Dictionary definition and meaning for word light

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(noun) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
Example Sentence
  • the light was filtered through a soft glass window

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(noun) any device serving as a source of illumination
Synonyms : light source
Example Sentence
  • he stopped the car and turned off the lights

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(noun) a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
Example Sentence
  • although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand

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(noun) the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
Example Sentence
  • its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun

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(noun) an illuminated area
Example Sentence
  • he stepped into the light

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(noun) a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
Synonyms : illumination
Example Sentence
  • follow God's light

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(noun) the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
Synonyms : lightness
Example Sentence
  • he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark

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(noun) a person regarded very fondly
Example Sentence
  • the light of my life

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(noun) having abundant light or illumination
Synonyms : lighting
Example Sentence
  • they played as long as it was light
  • as long as the lighting was good

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(noun) mental understanding as an enlightening experience
Example Sentence
  • he finally saw the light
  • can you shed light on this problem?

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(noun) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
Synonyms : spark , sparkle , twinkle
Example Sentence
  • he had a sparkle in his eye
  • there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes

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(noun) public awareness
Example Sentence
  • it brought the scandal to light

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(noun) a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
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(noun) a visual warning signal
Example Sentence
  • they saw the light of the beacon
  • there was a light at every corner

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(noun) a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
Synonyms : igniter , ignitor , lighter
Example Sentence
  • do you have a light?

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(verb) make lighter or brighter
Synonyms : illume , illuminate , illumine , light up
Example Sentence
  • This lamp lightens the room a bit

Definition
(verb) begin to smoke
Synonyms : fire up , light up
Example Sentence
  • After the meal, some of the diners lit up

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(verb) to come to rest, settle
Synonyms : alight , perch
Example Sentence
  • Misfortune lighted upon him

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(verb) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
Synonyms : ignite
Example Sentence
  • Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter
  • Light a cigarette

Definition
(verb) fall to somebody by assignment or lot
Synonyms : fall
Example Sentence
  • The task fell to me
  • It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims

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(verb) alight from (a horse)
Synonyms : dismount , get down , get off , unhorse

Definition
(adj) of comparatively little physical weight or density
Example Sentence
  • a light load
  • magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C

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(adj) (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
Synonyms : light-colored
Example Sentence
  • light blue
  • light colors such as pastels
  • a light-colored powder

Definition
(adj) of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
Example Sentence
  • light infantry
  • light cavalry
  • light industry
  • light weapons

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(adj) not great in degree or quantity or number
Example Sentence
  • a light sentence
  • a light accent
  • casualties were light
  • light snow was falling
  • light misty rain
  • light smoke from the chimney

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(adj) psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
Example Sentence
  • a light heart

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(adj) characterized by or emitting light
Example Sentence
  • a room that is light when the shutters are open
  • the inside of the house was airy and light

Definition
(adj) (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
Synonyms : unaccented , weak
Example Sentence
  • a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
  • a weak stress on the second syllable

Definition
(adj) easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
Example Sentence
  • a light diet

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(adj) (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
Example Sentence
  • light soil

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(adj) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
Synonyms : clean , clear , unclouded
Example Sentence
  • efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings
  • clear laughter like a waterfall
  • clear reds and blues
  • a light lilting voice like a silver bell

Definition
(adj) moving easily and quickly; nimble
Synonyms : lightsome , tripping
Example Sentence
  • the dancer was light and graceful
  • a lightsome buoyant step
  • walked with a light tripping step

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(adj) demanding little effort; not burdensome
Example Sentence
  • light housework
  • light exercise

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(adj) of little intensity or power or force
Example Sentence
  • the light touch of her fingers
  • a light breeze

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(adj) (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
Example Sentence
  • light water is ordinary water

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(adj) weak and likely to lose consciousness
Example Sentence
  • suddenly felt faint from the pain
  • was sick and faint from hunger
  • felt light in the head
  • a swooning fit
  • light-headed with wine
  • light-headed from lack of sleep

Definition
(adj) very thin and insubstantial
Example Sentence
  • thin paper
  • light summer dresses

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(adj) marked by temperance in indulgence
Synonyms : abstemious
Example Sentence
  • abstemious with the use of adverbs
  • a light eater
  • a light smoker
  • ate a light supper

Definition
(adj) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
Synonyms : scant , short
Example Sentence
  • a light pound
  • a scant cup of sugar
  • regularly gives short weight

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(adj) having little importance
Example Sentence
  • losing his job was no light matter

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(adj) intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
Example Sentence
  • light verse
  • a light comedy

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(adj) silly or trivial
Synonyms : idle
Example Sentence
  • idle pleasure
  • light banter
  • light idle chatter

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(adj) designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
Example Sentence
  • light aircraft
  • a light truck

Definition
(adj) having relatively few calories
Synonyms : calorie-free , lite , low-cal
Example Sentence
  • diet cola
  • light (or lite) beer
  • lite (or light) mayonnaise
  • a low-cal diet

Definition
(adj) (of sleep) easily disturbed
Synonyms : wakeful
Example Sentence
  • in a light doze
  • a light sleeper
  • a restless wakeful night

Definition
(adj) casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Synonyms : easy , loose , promiscuous , sluttish , wanton
Example Sentence
  • her easy virtue
  • he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • wanton behavior

Definition
(adv) with few burdens
Synonyms : lightly
Example Sentence
  • experienced travellers travel light

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