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

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

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

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

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

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

12. (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"

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. (v) get off (a horse)

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

20. (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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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