light meaning

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light verb
1. (lighten) make lighter or brighter
Related: illume, illumine, light_up, illuminate
  • "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
light adjective
1. of comparatively little physical weight or density
Antonyms: heavy
  • "a light load"
  • "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"
2. (white) (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
Related: light-colored
Antonyms: dark
  • "light blue"
  • "light colors such as pastels"
  • "a light-colored powder"
3. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
Antonyms: heavy
  • "light infantry"
  • "light cavalry"
  • "light industry"
  • "light weapons"
4. not great in degree or quantity or number
Antonyms: heavy
  • "a light sentence"
  • "a light accent"
  • "casualties were light"
  • "light snow was falling"
  • "light misty rain"
  • "light smoke from the chimney"
5. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
Antonyms: heavy
  • "a light heart"
6. characterized by or emitting light
Antonyms: dark
  • "a room that is light when the shutters are open"
  • "the inside of the house was airy and light"
7. of little intensity or power or force
Antonyms: heavy
  • "the light touch of her fingers"
  • "a light breeze"
8. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
Antonyms: heavy
  • "light water is ordinary water"
9. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
  • "a light diet"
10. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
  • "light soil"
11. moving easily and quickly; nimble
Related: lightsome, tripping
  • "the dancer was light and graceful"
  • "a lightsome buoyant step"
  • "walked with a light tripping step"
12. demanding little effort; not burdensome
  • "light housework"
  • "light exercise"
13. very thin and insubstantial
  • "thin paper"
  • "light summer dresses"
14. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
Related: scant, short
  • "a light pound"
  • "a scant cup of sugar"
  • "regularly gives short weight"
15. having little importance
  • "losing his job was no light matter"
16. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
  • "light verse"
  • "a light comedy"
17. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
  • "light aircraft"
  • "a light truck"
18. having relatively few calories
Related: lite, low-cal, calorie-free
  • "diet cola"
  • "light (or lite) beer"
  • "lite (or light) mayonnaise"
  • "a low-cal diet"
19. (of sleep) easily disturbed
Related: wakeful
  • "in a light doze"
  • "a light sleeper"
  • "a restless wakeful night"
light noun
1. (actinic_radiation) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
Related: visible_light, visible_radiation
  • "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
2. (source_of_illumination) any device serving as a source of illumination
Related: light_source
  • "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
3. (position) a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
  • "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
4. (scene) an illuminated area
  • "he stepped into the light"
5. (condition) a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
Related: illumination
  • "follow God's light"
6. (visual_property) the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
Related: lightness
  • "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
7. (friend) a person regarded very fondly
  • "the light of my life"
8. (illumination) having abundant light or illumination
Related: lighting
Antonyms: dark
  • "they played as long as it was light"
  • "as long as the lighting was good"
9. (insight) mental understanding as an enlightening experience
  • "he finally saw the light"
  • "can you shed light on this problem?"
10. (public_knowledge) public awareness
  • "it brought the scandal to light"
11. (visual_signal) a visual warning signal
  • "they saw the light of the beacon"
  • "there was a light at every corner"
fire verb
1. start or maintain a fire in
Related: light, ignite
  • "fire the furnace"
easy adjective
1. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
Related: light, loose, promiscuous, sluttish, wanton
  • "her easy virtue"
  • "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"
  • "wanton behavior"
fall verb
1. (fall) fall to somebody by assignment or lot
Related: light
  • "The task fell to me"
  • "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
clean adjective
1. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
Related: clear, light, unclouded
  • "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"
faint adjective
1. weak and likely to lose consciousness
Related: light, swooning, light-headed, lightheaded
  • "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"
lightly adverb
1. with few burdens
Related: light
  • "experienced travellers travel light"
idle adjective
1. silly or trivial
Related: light
  • "idle pleasure"
  • "light banter"
  • "light idle chatter"
lighter noun
1. (device) a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
Related: light, igniter, ignitor
  • "do you have a light?"
alight verb
1. (land) to come to rest, settle
Related: light, perch
  • "Misfortune lighted upon him"
sparkle noun
1. (vitality) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
Related: twinkle, spark, light
  • "he had a sparkle in his eye"
  • "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
ignite verb
1. (burn) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
Related: light
Antonyms: snuff_out
  • "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"
  • "Light a cigarette"
luminosity noun
1. (physical_property) the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
Related: brightness, brightness_level, luminance, luminousness, light
  • "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
light_up verb
1. (ignite) begin to smoke
Related: fire_up, light
  • "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
unhorse verb
1. (descend) alight from (a horse)
Related: dismount, light, get_off, get_down
unaccented adjective
1. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
Related: light, weak
  • "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"
  • "a weak stress on the second syllable"
abstemious adjective
1. marked by temperance in indulgence
Related: light
  • "abstemious with the use of adverbs"
  • "a light eater"
  • "a light smoker"
  • "ate a light supper"
Inner_Light noun
1. (ethical_motive) a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
Related: Light, Light_Within, Christ_Within
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