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Visible radiation. The human eye can typically detect radiation (light) in the wavelength range of about 400 to 750 nanometers. Nearby shorter and longer wavelength ranges, although not visible, are commonly called ultraviolet and infrared light.
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
- When the studio light is on, I am recording my evening show.
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Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.
(RQ:Burton Melanchol), Book I, New York 2001, page 166:
- Now these notions are twofold, actions or habits …, which are durable lights and notions, which we may use when we will.
A notable person within a specific field or discipline.
- Joan of Arc, a light of ancient France
The manner in which the light strikes a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; opposed to ''shade''.
A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.
(RQ:South 1), "Why Christ's Doctrine was Rejected by the Jews"
- Frequent consideration of a thing (..) shows it in its several lights and various ways of appearance.
(RQ:Orwell Animal Farm)
- Now if there was one thing that the animals were completely certain of, it was that they did not want Jones back. When it was put to them in this light, they had no more to say.
A flame or something used to create fire.
''a Bengal light''
A window, or space for a window in architecture.
Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
The power of perception by vision.
The brightness of the eye or eyes.
A light, or, by extension, an intersection controlled by one or more that will face a traveler who is receiving instructions.
''We lit the fire to get some heat.''
To fire to; to set burning.
''She lit her last match.''
- if a thousand candles be all lighted from one
To illuminate; to provide light for when it is dark.
''I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.''
''19th century, (w), ''The Fortnightly Review''
- One hundred years ago, to have lit this theatre as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds.
- The Sun has set, and Vesper, to supply / His absent beams, had lighted up the sky.
To become ignited; to take fire.
''This soggy match will not light.''
To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
1824, (w), ''(w)'', ''Richard I and the Abbot of Boxley''
- His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
''Light the extra ball by amassing 500 million points in the wizard mode.''
Served with extra milk or cream.
- These weights did not exert their natural gravity (..) insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand.
Lacking that which burdens or makes heavy.
Lightly built; typically designed for speed or small loads.
Without any piece of equipment attached or attached only to a caboose.
With low viscosity
(senseid)Gentle; having little force or momentum.
''This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.''
Easy to endure or perform.
''light duties around the house''
- Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.
Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.
''This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.''
Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.
''I made some light comment, and we moved on.''
1590, Edmund Spenser, ''The Faerie Queene'', I.i:
- Long after lay he musing at her mood, / Much grieu'd to thinke that gentle Dame so light, / For whose defence he was to shed his blood.
(RQ:Shakespeare Love's Labour's Lost)
Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
(RQ:Bacon Of Marriage and Single Lif)
- Unmarried men are best friends, best masters (..) but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away.
Easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile.
''a light, vain person; a light mind''
1633, (w), ''The Wisdom of being Religious''
- There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion.
Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; lacking dignity or solemnity; frivolous; airy.
''Ogden Nash was a writer of light verse.''
1851, (w), ''Old News''
- specimens of New England humour laboriously light and lamentably mirthful
Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
Easily interrupted by stimulation.
''light sleep; light anesthesia''
A stone that is not thrown hard enough.
To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.
*(RQ:Spenser Faerie Queene)
To find by chance.
''I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.''
1903, (w), ''(w)''
- ''"Sacredam!" he cried, when his eyes lit upon Buck.''
To alight; to land or come down.
''She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.''
1769, Benjamin Blayney (Ed.), ''King James Bible'' (Genesis 25:64)
- And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
1885, (w), ''Hunting Trips of a Ranchman''
- Some kinds of ducks in lighting strike the water with their tails first, and skitter along the surface for a few feet before settling down.
1957, (w) (Theodor Geisel), ''(w)''
- And our fish came down, too. He fell into a pot! He said, "Do I like this? Oh, no! I do not. This is not a good game," Said our fish as he lit.
diet, low-fat, fat-free, light
Illumination in general, or any source thereof.
an opening in a wall allowing for the transmission of light; a window.
The state of being easily seen.
(qualifier) light (gloss)
(qualifier) Lacking substance or seriousness; lite