What is the meaning of light?


  • Physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation. (
    • usage: "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
  • Any device serving as a source of illumination.
    • usage: "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
  • A particular perspective or aspect of a situation.
    • usage: "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"
  • The quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light.
    • usage: "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"
  • An illuminated area.
    • usage: "he stepped into the light"
  • A condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination.
    • usage: "follow God's light"
  • The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures.
    • usage: "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
  • A person regarded very fondly.
    • usage: "the light of my life"
  • Having abundant light or illumination.
    • usage: "they played as long as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
  • Mental understanding as an enlightening experience.
    • usage: "he finally saw the light"; "can you shed light on this problem"
  • Merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance.
    • usage: "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
  • Public awareness.
    • usage: "it brought the scandal to light"
  • A divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul.
  • A visual warning signal.
    • usage: "they saw the light of the beacon"; "there was a light at every corner"
  • A device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires.
    • usage: "do you have a light"


  • Make lighter or brighter.
    • usage: "This lamp lightens the room a bit"
  • Begin to smoke.
    • usage: "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"
  • To come to rest, settle.
    • usage: "Misfortune lighted upon him"
  • Cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat.
    • usage: "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette"
  • Fall to somebody by assignment or lot.
    • usage: "The task fell to me"; "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"
  • Alight from (a horse.


  • Of comparatively little physical weight or density.
    • usage: "a light load"; "magnesium is a light metal-having a specific gravity of 1. 74 at 20 degrees C"
  • Used of color. ( having a relatively small amount of coloring agent)
    • usage: "light blue"; "light colors such as pastels"; "a light-colored powder"
  • Of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment.
    • usage: "light infantry"; "light cavalry"; "light industry"; "light weapons"
  • Not great in degree or quantity or number.
    • usage: "a light sentence"; "a light accent"; "casualties were light"; "light snow was falling"; "light misty rain"; "light smoke from the chimney"
  • Psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles.
    • usage: "a light heart"
  • Characterized by or emitting light.
    • usage: "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
  • Used of vowels or syllables. ( pronounced with little or no stress)
    • usage: "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable"; "a weak stress on the second syllable"
  • Easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned.
    • usage: "a light diet"
  • Used of soil. ( loose and large-grained in consistency)
    • usage: "light soil"
  • Of sound or color. ( free from anything that dulls or dims)
    • usage: "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"
  • Moving easily and quickly; nimble.
    • usage: "the dancer was light and graceful"; "a lightsome buoyant step"; "walked with a light tripping step"
  • Demanding little effort; not burdensome.
    • usage: "light housework"; "light exercise"
  • Of little intensity or power or force.
    • usage: "the light touch of her fingers"; "a light breeze"
  • Physics, chemistry. ( not having atomic weight greater than average)
    • usage: "light water is ordinary water"
  • Weak and likely to lose consciousness.
    • usage: "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"
  • Very thin and insubstantial.
    • usage: "thin paper"; "light summer dresses"
  • Marked by temperance in indulgence.
    • usage: "abstemious with the use of adverbs"; "a light eater"; "a light smoker"; "ate a light supper"
  • Less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so.
    • usage: "a light pound"; "a scant cup of sugar"; "regularly gives short weight"
  • Having little importance.
    • usage: "losing his job was no light matter"
  • Intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound.
    • usage: "light verse"; "a light comedy"
  • Silly or trivial.
    • usage: "idle pleasure"; "light banter"; "light idle chatter"
  • Designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight.
    • usage: "light aircraft"; "a light truck"
  • Having relatively few calories)
    • usage: "diet cola"; "light (or lite) beer"; "lite (or light. mayonnaise"; "a low-cal diet"
  • Of sleep. ( easily disturbed)
    • usage: "in a light doze"; "a light sleeper"; "a restless wakeful night"
  • Casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior.
    • usage: "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"


  • With few burdens.
    • usage: "experienced travellers travel light"
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