from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To come down and settle, as after flight: a sparrow alighting on a branch.
- intransitive v. To get down, as from a vehicle; dismount: The queen alighted from the carriage.
- intransitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
- 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. To come or chance (upon).
- v. To light; light up; illuminate.
- v. To set light to; light.
- adj. Lit, on fire, switched on.
- adj. Lit; on fire, burning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
- intransitive v. To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop
- intransitive v. To come or chance (upon).
- adj. Lighted; lighted up; in a flame.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to come to rest, settle
- adj. lighted up by or as by fire or flame
- v. come down
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.