from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light hung out in the rigging at night when a vessel is riding at anchor. Also called stay-light.


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  • 'Lay out the anchor when you've had a smoke,' said Davies, and keep an eye on the riding-light; it's my only guide back. '

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • This plan succeeded at last, and with relief and humility I boarded her, relit the riding-light, and carried off the kedge anchor.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • A glimmer of light, reflected from below, was wavering over the mizzen-mast and bumpkin; it had nothing to do with the riding-light, which hung on the forestay.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Davies had been engaged in fixing up the riding-light.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • The cigar soon languished and dropped, and I dozed uneasily, for the riding-light was on my mind.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • I had no riding-light up, and didn't intend to set one in such an anchorage as this.


  • Gadabout lay quietly at anchor, the riding-light upon her flagstaff gently swaying throughout the night.

    Virginia: the Old Dominion

  • I went on deck afterward to find the ship plunging through blackness on forced draft, with port-holes shrouded and with not even a riding-light.

    The Firefly of France

  • They gained the veranda, where they sat in silence over their whisky, each man staring straight out to sea, where the wildly swinging riding-light of the Minerva could be seen in the lulls of the driving rain.

    The Girl Who Had Not Grown Up

  • To anchor, and alone, lay the vessel, with but her riding-light to mark her in the dark; alone and quiet, with never a neighbor to hail us, nor a sound from any living thing whatever.

    The Trawler


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