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

  • n. The quality or condition of being illuminated.
  • n. The dimension of the color of an object by which the object appears to reflect or transmit more or less of the incident light, varying from black to white for surface colors and from black to colorless for transparent volume colors.
  • n. The state or quality of having little weight or force.
  • n. Ease or quickness of movement; agility.
  • n. Ease or cheerfulness in manner or style.
  • n. Freedom from worry or trouble.
  • n. Lack of appropriate seriousness; levity.
  • n. Delicacy or subtlety in craft, performance, or effect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the condition of being illuminated
  • n. the relative whiteness or transparency of a colour
  • n. The product of being illuminated.
  • n. The state of having little weight, or little force.
  • n. Agility of movement.
  • n. Freedom from worry.
  • n. Levity, frivolity; inconsistency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state, condition, or quality, of being light or not heavy; buoyancy; levity; fickleness; nimbleness; delicacy; grace.
  • n. Illumination, or degree of illumination.
  • n. Absence of depth or of duskiness in color

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being light or bright.
  • n. The state or quality of being light in weight; lack of heaviness or gravity: as, the lightness of a burden; the lightness of cork or of hydrogen.
  • n. In cookery, sponginess; the state of being well raised; freedom from sogginess.
  • n. Freedom from heaviness or clumsiness in act or execution; dexterity; nimbleness; agility: as, lightness of touch in painting or music; lightness of foot in running or dancing.
  • n. Inconstancy; unsteadiness; fickleness.
  • n. Levity; wantonness; unchastity.
  • n. Light-headedness.
  • n. Synonyms Briskness, sprightliness, ease, facility, swiftness.
  • n. 4, Volatility, Frivolity, etc. (see levity), instability, giddiness, airiness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of joy and pride
  • n. the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
  • n. the property of being comparatively small in weight
  • n. having a light color
  • n. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
  • n. the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous

Etymologies

from light, the noun (Wiktionary)
From light, the adjective. (Wiktionary)

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