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Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Etymology 1[edit | edit source]

Old English līhtan (illuminate)

Verb[edit | edit source]

Infinitive
to Light

Third person singular
lights

Simple past
lit or lighted

Past participle
-

Present participle
lighting

to Light (third-person singular simple present lights, present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted)

  1. (transitive) To start (a fire).
  2. (transitive) To illuminate.
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Etymology 2[edit | edit source]

Old English lēoht. Cognate with Dutch licht, German Licht.

Noun[edit | edit source]

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Singular
Light

Plural
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Light ({{{1}}})

  1. (uncountable) The natural medium emanating from the sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible.
    As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.
  2. A source of illumination.
    Put that light out!
  3. Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.
    Can you throw any light on this problem?
  4. (in plural, now rare) Facts. pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Book I, New York 2001, p. 166:
      Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits [...], which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will.
  5. A notable person within a specific field or discipline.
    Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.
  6. A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.
    I'm really seeing you in a different light today.
    Magoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter.
  7. A flame or something used to create fire.
    Hey, buddy, you got a light?
  8. A window, or space for a window in architecture
    This facade has eight south-facing lights.
  9. The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue
    The average length of a light on a 15x15 grid is 7 or 8.
  10. (informal) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
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Adjective[edit | edit source]

Light (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
Light

Comparative
er

Superlative
{{{2}}}

  1. having light
  2. pale in colour
  3. (of coffee) served with extra milk or cream
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Etymology 3[edit | edit source]

Old English lēocht. Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett.

Adjective[edit | edit source]

Light (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
Light

Comparative
er

Superlative
{{{2}}}

  1. Of low weight; not heavy.
    My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.
  2. Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads.
    We took a light aircraft down to the city.
  3. Gentle; having little force or momentum.
    This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.
  4. Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.
    This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.
  5. Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.
    I made some light comment, and we moved on.
  6. (obsolete) Unchaste, wanton.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      Long after lay he musing at her mood, / Much grieu'd to thinke that gentle Dame so light, / For whose defence he was to shed his blood.
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Adverb[edit | edit source]

Light (comparative lighter, superlative lightest)

Positive
Light

Comparative
lighter

Superlative
lightest

  1. Carrying little.
    I prefer to travel light.

Noun[edit | edit source]

Singular
Light

Plural
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Light ({{{1}}})

  1. Template:Curling A stone that is not thrown hard enough.

Verb[edit | edit source]

Infinitive
to Light

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to Light (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. Template:Nautical To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter
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Etymology 4[edit | edit source]

Old English līhtan

Verb[edit | edit source]

Infinitive
to Light

Third person singular
lights

Simple past
lit or lighted

Past participle
-

Present participle
lighting

to Light (third-person singular simple present lights, present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted)

  1. To find by chance.
    I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.
  2. (archaic) To alight.
    She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.
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