American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To come down and settle, as after flight: a sparrow alighting on a branch.
- v. To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount: The queen alighted from the carriage.
- v. To come by chance: alight on a happy solution.
- adj. Burning; lighted: The discarded match was still alight.
- adj. Illuminated: The sky was alight with millions of stars.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To light; light up; illuminate.
- To set light to; light (a fire, lamp, etc.).
- Provided with light; lighted up; illuminated.
- To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
- To get down or descend, as from horseback or from a carriage; dismount.
- To settle or lodge after descending: as, a bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.
- To fall (upon); come (upon) accidentally, or without design; light: as, to alight on a particular passage in a book, or on a particular fact; to alight on a rare plant.
- v. transitive To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
- v. intransitive To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
- v. intransitive, with on To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
- v. intransitive To come or chance (upon).
- v. transitive To light; light up; illuminate.
- v. transitive To set light to; light.
- adj. Lit, on fire, switched on.
- adj. figuratively Lit; on fire, burning.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
- v. To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop
- v. rare To come or chance (
- adj. Lighted; lighted up; in a flame.
- v. to come to rest, settle
- adj. lighted up by or as by fire or flame
- v. come down
- From Middle English alight, from Old English *ālīhted, past participle of ālīhtan ("to alight"). See above. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English alighten, from Old English ālīhtan : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to relieve of a burden (from līht, light; see light2).Middle English, past participle of alighten, to set on fire, from Old English ālīhtan, to illuminate : ā-, intensive pref. + līhtan, to shine (from lēoht, a light; see light1). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No-one but the coach-driver saw her alight from the carriage, though, when it was a bare two miles from town.”
“Laurence Olivier and Dora Bryan glancing up at it as they alight from the Brighton Belle.”
“As for Willie Rennie, well he's not going to set the Commons alight is he?”
“We stopped at a meadow to share our lemonade and my sister and I noticed how tenderly Manuel helped his wife to alight from the car.”
“The death record of a man killed by the cars at Wells while "Attempting to board or alight from a moving train" is made more poignant by the notation that he was "by tools found in his pocket supposed a shoe laster.”
“Tracey turned to George, her expression alight with curiosity.”
“The percussionists alight from the front seat to do their own unloading.”
“The second time I visited Canada was last year, and then I had not time to alight from the train from Vancouver to New York, once more by Niagara.”
“The children who were streaking over the asphalt on roller skates saw a lady in a long fur coat, and short, high-heeled shoes, alight from a French car and pace slowly about the Square, holding her muff to her chin.”
“The stocky little Canuck!" as everyone now called Billy Jackson, was almost the last to alight from the train.”
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