Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Electromagnetic radiation that is visible, perceivable by the normal human eye as colors between red and violet, having frequencies between 400 terahertz and 790 terahertz and wavelengths between 750 nanometers and 380 nanometers.
  • noun Electromagnetic radiation of any frequency or wavelength.
  • noun The sensation of perceiving light; brightness.
  • noun A source of light, especially a lamp, a lantern, or an electric lighting fixture.
  • noun The illumination derived from a source of light.
  • noun The particular quantity or quality of such illumination.
  • noun The pathway or route of such illumination to a person.
  • noun A source of fire, such as a match or cigarette lighter.
  • noun A mechanical device that uses illumination as a signal or warning, especially a beacon or traffic signal.
  • noun Daylight.
  • noun Dawn; daybreak.
  • noun Something, such as a window, that admits illumination.
  • noun Architecture One of two or more openings in a window divided by a mullion or mullions.
  • noun Something that provides information or clarification.
  • noun A state of awareness or understanding, especially as derived from a particular source.
  • noun Public attention; general knowledge.
  • noun Spiritual awareness; illumination.
  • noun A way of looking at or considering a matter; an aspect.
  • noun Archaic Eyesight.
  • noun One's individual opinions, choices, or standards.
  • noun A person who inspires or is adored by another.
  • noun A prominent or distinguished person; a luminary.
  • noun An expression of the eyes.
  • noun Pieces of laundry that are not dark in color.
  • noun In Quaker doctrine, the guiding spirit or divine presence in each person.
  • intransitive verb To set on fire; ignite or kindle.
  • intransitive verb To cause to give out light; make luminous.
  • intransitive verb To provide, cover, or fill with light; illuminate.
  • intransitive verb To signal, direct, or guide with light.
  • intransitive verb To enliven or animate.
  • intransitive verb To start to burn; be ignited or kindled.
  • intransitive verb To emit light; be lighted.
  • adjective Having a greater rather than lesser degree of lightness.
  • adjective Of or being an additive primary color.
  • adjective Characterized by or filled with light; bright.
  • adjective Not dark in color; fair.
  • adjective Served with milk or cream. Used of coffee.
  • idiom (cast/shed) /throw) To provide information about or clarify (something).
  • idiom (in (the) light of) In consideration of; in relationship to.
  • idiom (light a fire under) To urge or move to action.
  • idiom (light at the end of the tunnel) The prospect of success, relief, or escape after strenuous effort.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English lēoht, līht; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English lēoht, līht; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Old English lēoht, from Proto-Germanic *linhtaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lengʷʰ- (“light”). Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett, Albanian lehtë, Latin levis, , Lithuanian lengvas, Sanskrit लघु (laghú).

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From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lēoht ("light, daylight; power of vision; luminary; world"), from Proto-Germanic *leuhtan (“light”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewktom, from the root *lewk- (“light”). Cognate with Scots licht ("light"), West Frisian ljocht ("light"), Dutch licht ("light"), Low German licht ("light"), German Licht ("light"). Related also to Swedish ljus ("light"), Icelandic ljós ("light"), Latin lūx ("light").

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From Middle English light, liht, leoht, from Old English lēoht ("luminous, bright, light, clear, resplendent, renowned, beautiful"), from Proto-Germanic *leuhtaz (“light”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (“light”). Cognate with Dutch licht, German licht.

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From Middle English lighten, lihten, from Old English līhtan, lȳhtan, lēohtan ("to lighten, illuminate, give light, shine; grow light, dawn; light, kindle").

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Old English līhtan

Examples

  • This effect of great light, is an almost invariable accompaniment of supra-consciousness, although there are instances of undoubted cosmic consciousness in which the realization has been a more gradual growth, rather than a sudden influx, in which the phenomenon of _light_ is not greatly marked.

    Cosmic Consciousness

  • They report: 'Instead of the gas giving increased light as the rate of consumption is increased, it will be seen that _in every case_ there is a point beyond which the _light decreases_ relatively to the proportion of gas consumed.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVI., December, 1880.

  • We also hold these lights in our hands to honor Christ, and to acknowledge him as the _true light_, [5] whom they represent under this character, and who is called by holy Simeon in this mystery, _a light for the enlightening of the

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • "Variable as the shade, by the light quivering aspen made"; but variable as the _light_, manifold in fair and serene division, that it may take the color of all that it falls upon, and exalt it.

    Harvard Classics Volume 28 Essays English and American

  • It may be that the mental side is weak; that it is lazy and does not want to think; that the only food it craves is the sensational, and light, _very light_ reading and not much of that.

    The Girl and Her Religion

  • A correspondent of Mr. Knight's suggests {114} for the word _delight_ in this passage, also, a new derivation; using _de_ as a negation, and _light (lux), delighted_, removed from the regions of light.

    Notes and Queries, Number 38, July 20, 1850

  • A change in the direction of a small portion of the sun's light passing by the solid body of the moon, it being deflected outward by repulsion or reflection from its surface, and other portions being deflected inward after passing the body by mutual repulsion of its own elements toward a _light vacuum_ or space devoid of the element of vibration.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 441, June 14, 1884.

  • _Delight_ is naturally formed by the participle _de_ and _light_, to make light, in the same way as "debase," to make base, "defile," to make foul.

    Notes and Queries, Number 38, July 20, 1850

  • This is sometimes used as a source of light, under the name of _Drummond_ or _lime light_.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • Christ Himself is called "the light of the world," and that He once made the very significant remark: "If thine eye be single, _thy whole body shall be full of light_."

    The Problems of Psychical Research Experiments and Theories in the Realm of the Supernormal

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