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Dictionary definition for: Light

1. (r) with few burdens; "experienced travellers travel light"

2. (a) of comparatively little physical weight or density; "a light load" "magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C"

3. (v) make lighter or brighter; "This lamp lightens the room a bit"

4. (n) (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"

5. (a) (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent; "light blue" "light colors such as pastels" "a light-colored powder"

6. (n) any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"

7. (v) begin to smoke; "After the meal, some of the diners lit up"

8. (n) a particular perspective or aspect of a situation; "although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand"

9. (a) of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment; "light infantry" "light cavalry" "light industry" "light weapons"

10. (v) to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him"

11. (a) not great in degree or quantity or number; "a light sentence" "a light accent" "casualties were light" "light snow was falling" "light misty rain" "light smoke from the chimney"

12. (n) the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light; "its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun"

13. (v) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter" "Light a cigarette"

14. (a) psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles; "a light heart"

15. (n) an illuminated area; "he stepped into the light"

16. (v) fall to somebody by assignment or lot; "The task fell to me" "It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims"

17. (n) a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination; "follow God''s light"

18. (a) characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open" "the inside of the house was airy and light"

19. (v) get off (a horse)

20. (n) the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures; "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"

21. (s) used of vowels or syllables; pronounced with little or no stress; "a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable" "a weak stress on the second syllable"

22. (n) a person regarded very fondly; "the light of my life"

23. (s) easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned; "a light diet"

24. (s) (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency; "light sandy soil"

25. (n) mental understanding as an enlightening experience; "he finally saw the light" "can you shed light on this problem?"

26. (n) having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long as it was light" "as long as the lighting was good"

27. (s) (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings" "clear laughter like a waterfall" "clear reds and blues" "a light lilting voice like a silver bell"

28. (n) public awareness; "it brought the scandal to light"

29. (s) moving easily and quickly; nimble; "the dancer was light and graceful" "a lightsome buoyant step" "walked with a light tripping step"

30. (n) brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"

31. (s) demanding little effort; not burdensome; "light housework" "light exercise"

32. (n) a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul

33. (a) of little intensity or power or force; "the light touch of her fingers" "a light breeze"

34. (a) (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average; "light water is ordinary water"

35. (n) a visual warning signal; "they saw the light of the beacon" "there was a light at every corner"

36. (s) weak and likely to lose consciousness; "suddenly felt faint from the pain" "was sick and faint from hunger" "felt light in the head" "a swooning fit" "light-headed with wine" "light-headed from lack of sleep"

37. (n) a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"

38. (s) very thin and insubstantial; "thin paper" "flimsy voile" "light summer dresses"

39. (s) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so; "a light pound" "a scant cup of sugar" "regularly gives short weight"

40. (s) having little importance; "losing his job was no light matter"

41. (s) intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound; "light verse" "a light comedy"

42. (s) silly or trivial; "idle pleasure" "light banter" "light idle chatter"

43. (s) having a spongy or flaky texture; well-leavened; "light pastries"

44. (s) designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight; "light aircraft" "a light truck"

45. (s) having relatively few calories; "diet cola" "light (or lite) beer" "lite (or light) mayonnaise" "a low-cal diet"

46. (s) (of sleep) easily disturbed; "in a light doze" "a light sleeper" "a restless wakeful night"

47. (s) casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue" "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women" "wanton behavior"

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