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LIGHT noun

Definition of light (noun)

  1. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  2. any device serving as a source of illumination
    • "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
    • synonyms: 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
  5. an illuminated area
    • "he stepped into the light"
  6. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine 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"
    • synonyms: lightness
  8. a person regarded very fondly
    • "the light of my life"
  9. having abundant light or illumination
    • "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
    • synonyms: lighting
    • antonym: dark
  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 or gleam or animation of countenance
    • "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
    • synonyms: spark, sparkle, twinkle
  12. public awareness
    • "it brought the scandal to light"
  13. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  14. a visual warning signal
    • "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
  15. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

LIGHT verb

Definition of light (verb)

  1. make lighter or brighter
  2. begin to smoke
  3. to come to rest, settle
  4. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
    • "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
    • synonyms: ignite
    • antonym: blow out
  5. fall to somebody by assignment or lot
    • "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
    • synonyms: fall
  6. alight from (a horse)

LIGHT adjective

Definition of light (adjective)

  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"
    • antonym: heavy
  2. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
    • "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
    • synonyms: light-colored
    • antonym: dark
  3. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
    • "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
    • antonym: heavy
  4. 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"
    • antonym: heavy
  5. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
    • "a light heart"
    • antonym: heavy
  6. characterized by or emitting light
    • "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
    • antonym: dark
  7. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
    • "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"
    • synonyms: unaccented, weak
  8. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
    • "a light diet"
  9. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
    • "light soil"
  10. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
    • "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"
    • synonyms: clean, clear, unclouded
  11. moving easily and quickly; nimble
    • "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
    • synonyms: lightsome, tripping
  12. demanding little effort; not burdensome
    • "light housework"; "light exercise"
  13. of little intensity or power or force
    • "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
    • antonym: heavy
  14. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
    • "light water is ordinary water"
    • antonym: heavy
  15. weak and likely to lose consciousness
    • "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"
    • synonyms: faint, lightheaded, light-headed, swooning
  16. very thin and insubstantial
    • "thin paper"; "light summer dresses"
  17. marked by temperance in indulgence
    • "abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
    • synonyms: abstemious
  18. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    • "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
    • synonyms: scant, short
  19. having little importance
    • "losing his job was no light matter"
  20. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
    • "light verse"; "a light comedy"
  21. silly or trivial
    • "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
    • synonyms: idle
  22. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
    • "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
  23. having relatively few calories
    • "diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light) mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet"
    • synonyms: calorie-free, lite, low-cal
  24. (of sleep) easily disturbed
    • "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"
    • synonyms: wakeful
  25. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

LIGHT adverb

Definition of light (adverb)

  1. with few burdens
    • "experienced travellers travel light"
    • synonyms: lightly
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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