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Definition 1: any device serving as a source of illumination - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he stopped the car and turned off the lights

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation

(... is a kind of light ) a light in the rigging of a ship that is riding at anchor

(... is a kind of light ) any of various lights used in a theater

(... is a kind of light ) light consisting of long tubes (instead of bulbs) that provide the illumination

(... is a kind of light ) light carried by a boat that indicates the boat's direction; vessels at night carry a red light on the port bow and a green light on the starboard bow

(... is a kind of light ) a light source with reflectors that projects a beam of light in a particular direction

(... is a kind of light ) a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce

(... is a kind of light ) light that provides general illumination for a room

(... is a kind of light ) a light to illuminate an instrument panel

(... is a kind of light ) light (as a candle or small bulb) that burns in a bedroom at night (as for children or invalids)

(... is a kind of light ) light on an airplane that indicates the plane's position and orientation; red light on the left (port) wing tip and green light on the right (starboard) wing tip

(... is a kind of light ) a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night

(... is a kind of light ) lights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium

(... is a kind of light ) a powerful light with reflector; attached to the front of an automobile or locomotive

(... is a kind of light ) light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam; used in photography

(... is a kind of light ) a small colored light used for decoration (especially at Christmas)

(... is a kind of light ) a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages

(... is a kind of light ) a light usually carried in the hand; consists of some flammable substance

Definition 2: a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • do you have a light?

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of light ) a lighter for cigars or cigarettes

(... is a kind of light ) any igniter that is used to initiate the burning of a propellant

(... is a kind of light ) lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction

"he always carries matches to light his pipe" "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"

(... is a kind of light ) a burning piece of wood or cardboard

"if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"

Definition 3: the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) an attribute of vision

(... is a kind of light ) an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint

(... is a kind of light ) lightness created by sunlight

(... is a kind of light ) an area of lightness in a picture

(... is a kind of light ) the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white

(... are attributes of light) characterized by or emitting light

"a room that is light when the shutters are open" "the inside of the house was airy and light"

(... are attributes of light) devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black

"sitting in a dark corner" "a dark day" "dark shadows" "dark as the inside of a black cat"

Definition 4: the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • its luminosity is measured relative to that of our sun

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions

(... is a kind of light ) the luminous flux incident on a unit area

(... is a kind of light ) light from heat

(... is a kind of light ) light from nonthermal sources

(... are attributes of light) emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts

"the sun was bright and hot" "a bright sunlit room"

(... are attributes of light) emitting or reflecting very little light

"a dull glow" "dull silver badly in need of a polish" "a dull sky"

Definition 5: merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a sparkle in his eye
  • there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) an energetic style

(light is a kind of ...) the feelings expressed on a person's face

"a sad expression" "a look of triumph" "an angry face"

Definition 6: mental understanding as an enlightening experience - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he finally saw the light
  • can you shed light on this problem?

(light is a kind of ...) the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

Definition 7: a particular perspective or aspect of a situation - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand

(light is a kind of ...) a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

"consider what follows from the positivist view"

Definition 8: public awareness - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it brought the scandal to light

(light is a kind of ...) knowledge that is available to anyone

Definition 9: a visual warning signal - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they saw the light of the beacon
  • there was a light at every corner

(light is a kind of ...) a signal that involves visual communication

(... is a kind of light ) a visual signal to control the flow of traffic at intersections

Definition 10: an illuminated area - [noun denoting location]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he stepped into the light

(light is a kind of ...) the place where some action occurs

"the police returned to the scene of the crime"

Definition 11: a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul - [noun denoting motive]

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

Definition 12: a person regarded very fondly - [noun denoting person]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the light of my life

(light is a kind of ...) a person you know well and regard with affection and trust

"he was my best friend at the university"

Definition 13: (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the light was filtered through a soft glass window

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) electromagnetic radiation that can produce photochemical reactions

(... is a kind of light ) the diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon but its rays are refracted by the atmosphere of the earth

(... is a kind of light ) the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised

(... is a kind of light ) light from a lamp

(... is a kind of light ) light not due to incandescence; occurs at low temperatures

(... is a kind of light ) a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

(... is a kind of light ) the light of the Moon

"moonlight is the smuggler's enemy" "the Moon was bright enough to read by"

(... is a kind of light ) the light of the stars

(... is a kind of light ) the rays of the sun

"the shingles were weathered by the sun and wind"

(... is a kind of light ) (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle

(... is a kind of light ) light that streams

"streamers of flames"

(... is a kind of light ) light from a torch or torches

(... is a kind of light ) a greyish light (as at dawn or dusk or in dim interiors)

(... is a kind of light ) a steady even light without flames

(... is a kind of light ) the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface

(... is a kind of light ) a column of light (as from a beacon)

(... is a kind of light ) the light provided by a burning candle

(... is a kind of light ) one or more circles of light seen around a luminous object

(... is a kind of light ) a faint spot of light in the night sky that appears directly opposite the position of the sun; a reflection of sunlight by micrometeoric material in space

(... is a kind of light ) light during the daytime

(... is a kind of light ) the light of a fire (especially in a fireplace)

(... is a kind of light ) light emitted during absorption of radiation of some other (invisible) wavelength

(... is a kind of light ) a pale light sometimes seen at night over marshy ground

(... is a kind of light ) light yielded by the combustion of illuminating gas

(... is part of light) the entire frequency range of electromagnetic waves

(light belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 14: having abundant light or illumination - [noun denoting state]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they played as long as it was light
  • as long as the lighting was good

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) the degree of visibility of your environment

Definition 15: a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination - [noun denoting state]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • follow God's light

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

Definition 16: make lighter or brighter - [verb of change]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This lamp lightens the room a bit

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) become lighter

"The room lightened up"

(... is a kind of light ) illuminate with floodlights

(... is a kind of light ) illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater

Definition 17: start or maintain a fire in - [verb of change]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • fire the furnace

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

Definition 18: begin to smoke - [verb of consumption]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • After the meal, some of the diners lit up

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat

"Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter" "Light a cigarette"

(light implies ...) inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes

"We never smoked marijuana" "Do you smoke?"

Definition 19: to come to rest, settle - [verb of motion]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Misfortune lighted upon him

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) reach or come to rest

"The bird landed on the highest branch" "The plane landed in Istanbul"

Definition 20: alight from (a horse) - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

"The temperature is going down" "The barometer is falling" "The curtain fell on the diva" "Her hand went up and then fell again"

(light belongs to category ...) travel by being carried on horseback

Definition 21: fall to somebody by assignment or lot - [verb of possession]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The task fell to me
  • It fell to me to notify the parents of the victims

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) be inherited by

"The estate fell to my sister" "The land returned to the family" "The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"

(light has a similar meaning as ...) come into the possession of

"The house accrued to the oldest son"

(light has a similar meaning as ...) to be given by assignment or distribution

"The most difficult task fell on the youngest member of the team" "The onus fell on us" "The pressure to succeed fell on the youngest student"

Definition 22: cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat - [verb of weather]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter
  • Light a cigarette

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is a kind of ...) cause to burn or combust

"The sun burned off the fog" "We combust coal and other fossil fuels"

(... is a kind of light ) begin to smoke

"After the meal, some of the diners lit up"

(... is a kind of light ) ignite anew, as of something burning

"The strong winds reignited the cooling embers"

(... is a kind of light ) cause to start burning

"The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds"

(... is a kind of light ) ignite

"The sky lit up quickly above the raging volcano"

(... is a kind of light ) ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down

"the fire flared up and died down once again"

(light causes ...) undergo combustion

"Maple wood burns well"

Definition 23: of comparatively little physical weight or density - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a light load
  • magnesium is a light metal--having a specific gravity of 1.74 at 20 degrees C

(light is similar to ...) weighing relatively little compared with another item or object of similar use

"a lightweight fabric" "lightweight wood"

(light is similar to ...) having little or no perceptible weight; so light as to resemble air

"airy gauze curtains"

(light is similar to ...) tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas

"buoyant balloons" "buoyant balsawood boats" "a floaty scarf"

(light is similar to ...) relating to a balloon or other aircraft that flies because it weighs less than the air it displaces

(light is similar to ...) having low relative density or specific gravity

(... are attributes of light) the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

Definition 24: psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a light heart

(light is similar to ...) characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility

"a broken back is nothing to be casual about; it is no fooling matter"

Definition 25: not great in degree or quantity or number - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a light sentence
  • a light accent
  • casualties were light
  • light snow was falling
  • light misty rain
  • light smoke from the chimney

Definition 26: of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light infantry
  • light cavalry
  • light industry
  • light weapons

(light is similar to ...) armed with light weapons

Definition 27: (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light blue
  • light colors such as pastels
  • a light-colored powder

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) very light colored; highly diluted with white

"pale seagreen" "pale blue eyes"

(light is similar to ...) slightly pale

(light is similar to ...) delicate and pale in color

"pastel pink"

(light is similar to ...) as if dulled in color with a sprinkling of powder

"a powdery blue"

(means also ...) being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness; having little or no hue owing to reflection of almost all incident light

"as white as fresh snow" "a bride's white dress"

(... are attributes of light) relative darkness or lightness of a color

"I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light"

Definition 28: characterized by or emitting light - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a room that is light when the shutters are open
  • the inside of the house was airy and light

(light is similar to ...) of summer nights in northern latitudes where the sun barely sets

"white nights"

(light is similar to ...) lighted by sunlight

"the sunlit slopes of the canyon" "violet valleys and the sunstruck ridges"

(light is similar to ...) emitting light without appreciable heat as by slow oxidation of phosphorous

"the phosphorescent glow of decaying wood"

(light is similar to ...) emitting light not caused by heat

(light is similar to ...) (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity

"livid lightning streaked the sky" "a thousand flambeaux...turned all at once that deep gloom into a livid and preternatural day"

(light is similar to ...) turning lights on

"it's lighting-up time"

(light is similar to ...) lighted by a lamp

"our lamplit mountain retreat"

(light is similar to ...) emitting light as a result of being heated

"an incandescent bulb"

(light is similar to ...) provided with artificial light

"illuminated advertising" "looked up at the lighted windows" "a brightly lit room" "a well-lighted stairwell"

(light is similar to ...) emitting light during exposure to radiation from an external source

(light is similar to ...) illuminated by means of floodlights

"the floodlit courtyard"

(light is similar to ...) glowing from great heat

(light is similar to ...) having lots of light either natural or artificial

"the room was bright and airy" "a stage bright with spotlights"

(light is similar to ...) (of living organisms) emitting light

"fireflies are bioluminescent"

(light is similar to ...) emitting light via self-induced fluorescence

(light is similar to ...) lighted with red light as if with flames

"streets ablaze with lighted Christmas trees" "the inflamed clouds at sunset" "reddened faces around the campfire"

(... are attributes of light) the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

"he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"

Definition 29: (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light water is ordinary water

(light belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 30: of little intensity or power or force - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the light touch of her fingers
  • a light breeze

(light is similar to ...) having little impact

"an easy pat on the shoulder" "gentle rain" "a gentle breeze" "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"

Definition 31: with few burdens - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • experienced travellers travel light

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

Definition 32: easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a light diet

(light is similar to ...) capable of being converted into assimilable condition in the alimentary canal

Definition 33: silly or trivial - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • idle pleasure
  • light banter
  • light idle chatter

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) not serious in content or attitude or behavior

"a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"

Definition 34: weak and likely to lose consciousness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

"ill from the monotony of his suffering"

Definition 35: having little importance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • losing his job was no light matter

(light is similar to ...) devoid of importance, meaning, or force

Definition 36: less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a light pound
  • a scant cup of sugar
  • regularly gives short weight

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

"insufficient funds"

Definition 37: designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light aircraft
  • a light truck

(light is similar to ...) not designed for heavy work

"a light-duty detergent"

Definition 38: moving easily and quickly; nimble - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the dancer was light and graceful
  • a lightsome buoyant step
  • walked with a light tripping step

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) (of movement) having a light and springy step

"a light-footed girl"

Definition 39: (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light soil

(light is similar to ...) not compact or dense in structure or arrangement

"loose gravel"

Definition 40: having relatively few calories - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • diet cola
  • light (or lite) beer
  • lite (or light) mayonnaise
  • a low-cal diet

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) without fat or fat solids

"nonfat or fat-free milk"

Definition 41: (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) free of extraneous elements of any kind

"pure air and water" "pure gold" "pure primary colors" "the violin's pure and lovely song" "pure tones" "pure oxygen"

Definition 42: (of sleep) easily disturbed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in a light doze
  • a light sleeper
  • a restless wakeful night

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply

"shallow breathing" "a night of shallow fretful sleep" "in a shallow trance"

Definition 43: marked by temperance in indulgence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • abstemious with the use of adverbs
  • a light eater
  • a light smoker
  • ate a light supper

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) not extreme in behavior

"temperate in his habits" "a temperate response to an insult" "temperate in his eating and drinking"

Definition 44: very thin and insubstantial - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • thin paper
  • light summer dresses

(light is similar to ...) of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

"thin wire" "a thin chiffon blouse" "a thin book" "a thin layer of paint"

Definition 45: casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her easy virtue
  • he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • wanton behavior

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) not chaste

"unchaste conduct"

Definition 46: demanding little effort; not burdensome - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light housework
  • light exercise

(light is similar to ...) requiring little if any patience or effort or skill

"the pay was adequate and the job undemanding" "simple undemanding affection" "an undemanding boss"

Definition 47: (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
  • a weak stress on the second syllable

Synonyms for light in the sense of this definition

(light is similar to ...) not bearing a stress or accent

"short vowels are unstressed"

Definition 48: intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where light or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • light verse
  • a light comedy

(light is similar to ...) not serious in content or attitude or behavior

"a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"

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