1. 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
2. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
- light blue
- light colors such as pastels
- a light-colored powder
3. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
- light infantry
- light cavalry
- light industry
4. not great in degree or quantity or number
- a light sentence
- a light accent
- casualties were light
5. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
- a light heart
6. characterized by or emitting light
- a room that is light when the shutters are open
- the inside of the house was airy and light
Similar word(s): ablaze, inflamed, reddened, autofluorescent, bioluminescent, bright, candescent, floodlighted, floodlit, fluorescent, illuminated, lighted, lit, candent, incandescent, lamplit, livid, luminescent, phosphorescent, sunlit, sunstruck, white
7. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
- a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
8. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
- a light diet
Similar word(s): digestible
9. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
- light soil
Similar word(s): loose
10. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
- a light lilting voice like a silver bell
11. moving easily and quickly; nimble; graceful.
- the dancer was light and graceful
- a lightsome buoyant step
- walked with a light tripping step
12. demanding little effort; not burdensome
- light housework
- light exercise
Similar word(s): undemanding
13. of little intensity or power or force
- the light touch of her fingers
- a light breeze
14. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
- light water is ordinary water
15. weak and likely to lose consciousness
- felt light in the head
- light-headed with wine
- light-headed from lack of sleep
16. very thin and insubstantial
- light summer dresses
Similar word(s): thin
17. marked by temperance in indulgence
- a light eater
- a light smoker
- ate a light supper
18. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
- a light pound
19. having little importance
- losing his job was no light matter
20. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
- light verse
- a light comedy
21. silly or trivial
- light banter
- light idle chatter
22. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
- light aircraft
- a light truck
23. having relatively few calories
- light (or lite) beer
- lite (or light) mayonnaise
24. (of sleep) easily disturbed
- in a light doze
- a light sleeper
Sentences with light as an adjective:
- The room is light when the Sun shines through the window.
- She had light skin.
- I like my coffee light.
- My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.
- We took a light aircraft down to the city.
- This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.
- light duties around the house
- This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.
- I made some light comment, and we moved on.
- light troops; a troop of light horse
- a light, vain person; a light mind
- light coin
- light sleep, light anesthesia
1. with few burdens
- experienced travellers travel light
Similar word(s): lightly
Sentences with light as an adverb:
- I prefer to travel light.
1. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
- the light was filtered through a soft glass window
Definition categories: phenomenon
2. any device serving as a source of illumination
- he stopped the car and turned off the lights
Definition categories: man–made
3. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
- although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand
4. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
Definition categories: attribute
5. an illuminated area
- he stepped into the light
6. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
- follow God's light
Similar word(s): illumination
7. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
- he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark
Similar word(s): lightness
Definition categories: attribute
8. a person regarded very fondly
- the light of my life
9. having abundant light or illumination
- they played as long as it was light
- as long as the lighting was good
Similar word(s): lighting
10. mental understanding as an enlightening experience
- he finally saw the light
- can you shed light on this problem?
11. merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
12. public awareness
- it brought the scandal to light
Definition categories: thought
13. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
14. a visual warning signal
- they saw the light of the beacon
- there was a light at every corner
Definition categories: communication
15. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires
- do you have a light?
Definition categories: man–made, device
Sentences with light as a noun:
- As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.
- Put that light out!
- Can you throw any light on this problem?
- Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.
- I'm really seeing you in a different light today.
- Magoon's governorship in Cuba was viewed in a negative light by many Cuban historians for years thereafter.
- Hey, buddy, you got a light?
- a Bengal light
- This facade has eight south-facing lights.
- The average length of a light on a 15×15 grid is 7 or 8.
- To get to our house, turn right at the third light.
1. make lighter or brighter
- This lamp lightens the room a bit
2. begin to smoke
3. to come to rest, settle
- Misfortune lighted upon him
4. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
- Light a cigarette
Similar word(s): ignite
5. fall to somebody by assignment or lot
Similar word(s): fall
6. alight from (a horse)
7. start or maintain a fire in
Definition categories: change
Sentences with light as a verb:
- I used my torch to light the way home through the woods in the night.
- This soggy match will not light.