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light

adjective (a)

  • of comparatively little physical weight or density (adj.all)
    Antonym: heavy
    Example:
    A light load.
    Magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent (adj.all)
    Synonym: light-colored
    Example:
    Light blue.
    Light colors such as pastels.
    A light-colored powder.
    source: wordnet30
  • of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light infantry.
    Light cavalry.
    Light industry.
    Light weapons.
    source: wordnet30
  • not great in degree or quantity or number (adj.all)
    Example:
    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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  • psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles (adj.all)
    Example:
    A light heart.
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  • characterized by or emitting light (adj.all)
    Antonym: dark
    Example:
    A room that is light when the shutters are open.
    The inside of the house was airy and light.
    source: wordnet30
  • of little intensity or power or force (adj.all)
    Example:
    The light touch of her fingers.
    A light breeze.
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  • (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light water is ordinary water.
    source: wordnet30
  • Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light. (adjective)
    source: webster1913
  • Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

noun (n)

  • (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation (noun.phenomenon)
    Example:
    The light was filtered through a soft glass window.
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  • any device serving as a source of illumination (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: light source
    Example:
    He stopped the car and turned off the lights.
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  • a particular perspective or aspect of a situation (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    Although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand.
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  • the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • an illuminated area (noun.location)
    Example:
    He stepped into the light.
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  • a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination (noun.state)
    Synonym: illumination
    Example:
    Follow God's light.
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  • the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: lightness
    Example:
    He could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark.
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  • a person regarded very fondly (noun.person)
    Example:
    The light of my life.
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  • having abundant light or illumination (noun.state)
    Synonym: lighting
    Antonym: dark, darkness
    Example:
    They played as long as it was light.
    As long as the lighting was good.
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  • mental understanding as an enlightening experience (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    He finally saw the light.
    Can you shed light on this problem?.
    source: wordnet30
  • merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: spark, sparkle, twinkle
    source: wordnet30
  • public awareness (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    It brought the scandal to light.
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  • a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul (noun.motive)
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  • a visual warning signal (noun.communication)
    Example:
    They saw the light of the beacon.
    There was a light at every corner.
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  • a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: igniter, ignitor, lighter
    Example:
    Do you have a light?.
    source: wordnet30
  • That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous. (noun)
    source: webster1913

adverb (r)

  • with few burdens (adv.all)
    Synonym: lightly
    Example:
    Experienced travellers travel light.
    source: wordnet30
  • Lightly; cheaply. (adverb)
    source: webster1913

adjective satellite (s)

  • (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress (adj.all)
    Synonym: unaccented, weak
    Example:
    A syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable.
    source: wordnet30
  • easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned (adj.all)
    Example:
    A light diet.
    source: wordnet30
  • (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light soil.
    source: wordnet30
  • (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims (adj.all)
    Synonym: clean, clear, unclouded
    Example:
    A light lilting voice like a silver bell.
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  • moving easily and quickly; nimble (adj.all)
    Synonym: lightsome, tripping
    Example:
    The dancer was light and graceful.
    A lightsome buoyant step.
    Walked with a light tripping step.
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  • demanding little effort; not burdensome (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light housework.
    Light exercise.
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  • weak and likely to lose consciousness (adj.all)
    Example:
    Felt light in the head.
    Light-headed with wine.
    Light-headed from lack of sleep.
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  • very thin and insubstantial (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light summer dresses.
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  • marked by temperance in indulgence (adj.all)
    Synonym: abstemious
    Example:
    A light eater.
    A light smoker.
    Ate a light supper.
    source: wordnet30
  • less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so (adj.all)
    Synonym: scant, short
    Example:
    A light pound.
    source: wordnet30
  • having little importance (adj.all)
    Example:
    Losing his job was no light matter.
    source: wordnet30
  • intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light verse.
    A light comedy.
    source: wordnet30
  • silly or trivial (adj.all)
    Synonym: idle
    Example:
    Light banter.
    Light idle chatter.
    source: wordnet30
  • designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light aircraft.
    A light truck.
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  • having relatively few calories (adj.all)
    Example:
    Light (or lite) beer.
    Lite (or light) mayonnaise.
    source: wordnet30
  • (of sleep) easily disturbed (adj.all)
    Synonym: wakeful
    Example:
    In a light doze.
    A light sleeper.
    source: wordnet30
  • casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior (adj.all)
    Example:
    He was told to avoid loose (or light) women.
    source: wordnet30

verb (v)

  • make lighter or brighter (verb.change)
    Example:
    This lamp lightens the room a bit.
    source: wordnet30
  • begin to smoke (verb.consumption)
    Synonym: fire up, light up
    source: wordnet30
  • to come to rest, settle (verb.motion)
    Synonym: alight, perch
    Example:
    Misfortune lighted upon him.
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  • cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat (verb.weather)
    Synonym: ignite
    Antonym: blow out, extinguish, quench, snuff out
    Example:
    Light a cigarette.
    source: wordnet30
  • fall to somebody by assignment or lot (verb.possession)
    Synonym: fall
    source: wordnet30
  • alight from (a horse) (verb.motion)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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