light (Meaning)


light (n)

(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

any device serving as a source of illumination

a particular perspective or aspect of a situation

the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light

an illuminated area

a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination

the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

a person regarded very fondly

having abundant light or illumination

mental understanding as an enlightening experience

merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

public awareness

a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul

a visual warning signal

a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires


light (v)

make lighter or brighter

begin to smoke

to come to rest, settle

cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

fall to somebody by assignment or lot

alight from (a horse)

start or maintain a fire in


light (a)

of comparatively little physical weight or density

(used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent

of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment

not great in degree or quantity or number

psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles

characterized by or emitting light

of little intensity or power or force

(physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average


light (s)

(used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress

easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned

(used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency

(of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

moving easily and quickly; nimble

demanding little effort; not burdensome

weak and likely to lose consciousness

very thin and insubstantial

marked by temperance in indulgence

less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so

having little importance

intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound

silly or trivial

designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight

having relatively few calories

(of sleep) easily disturbed

casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior


light (r)

with few burdens


light (n.)

That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous.

That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc.

The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day.

The brightness of the eye or eyes.

The medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions.

Life; existence.

Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.

The power of perception by vision.

That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information.

Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.

The manner in which the light strikes upon 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. Cf. Chiaroscuro.

Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light.

One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.

A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light.

To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up.

To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.

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


light (superl)

Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.

White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.


light (v. i.)

To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light.

To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; -- with up; as, the room lights up very well.

To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in.

To feel light; to be made happy.

To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.

To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon.

To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into.


light (superl.)

Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy.

Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.

Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.

Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.

Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.

Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.

Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.

Slight; not important; as, a light error.

Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.

Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.

Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.

Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.

Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.

Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.

Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.

Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.

Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.

Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.

Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil.


light (adv.)

Lightly; cheaply.


light (v. t.)

To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.


light ()

A small incandescent telltale lamp on a dynamo or battery circuit to show approximately by its brightness the voltage of the current.

light Sentence Examples

  1. The warm light of the sunset cast a golden glow across the horizon.
  2. The streetlights illuminated the city, casting a dim light on the shadowy buildings.
  3. The beam of light from the flashlight pierced through the darkness.
  4. Her eyes sparkled with a mischievous light.
  5. The window let in a stream of natural light, brightening the room.
  6. The candle burned brightly, casting a flickering light on their faces.
  7. She carried a lantern, its light guiding their path through the forest.
  8. The lightning flashed across the sky, illuminating it with a deafening roar.
  9. The moonlight gently illuminated the sleeping village.
  10. The lighthouse emitted a powerful beam of light, warning ships of the nearby coast.

FAQs About the word light

(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation, any device serving as a source of illumination, a particular perspective or aspect of a

glow, gleam, glare, illumination, fluorescence, moonlight, blaze,sunlight, glimmer, luminescence

shadow, darkness, night, gloom, dark, shadow, blackness, dark, dusk, blackness

The warm light of the sunset cast a golden glow across the horizon.

The streetlights illuminated the city, casting a dim light on the shadowy buildings.

The beam of light from the flashlight pierced through the darkness.

Her eyes sparkled with a mischievous light.