light [-er, -est] adj
see light, n.; NW says “This word accords with light, the fluid, in orthography, and may be from the same radix.”
- Of a syllable, unemphatic or of little weight; hence of rhythm consisting largely of such syllables.
- Having little weight; not heavy; without gravity.
- Not oppressive to the bodily sense; shallow; easily shaken off.
- Not oppressive; easy to bear or endure.
light [-ly] adv
see light, n.
- Gayly, airily, without heed or care.
- With little weight.
- Without deep impression, softly.
- Nimbly, with agility; not heavily or tardily.
- Not chastely, wantonly.
light [-s] n
OE léoht, < Aryan *leuk–, to shine, be white; NW says its original sense comes from the Welsh llug, to throw, dart, shoot, or break forth; and accords with English luck.
- Shining; [fig.] appearance; perception.
- Lamp; candle; source of illumination that may be held in the hand.
- Agent that enables sight; influence emanating from the sun or other source.
- Dawn; daylight; illumination from the sun in day-time.
- Elucidation; understanding, knowledge; spiritual perception.
- Knowledge; means of knowing; source of understanding, spiritual enlightenment; mental illumination.
- Happiness, joy, comfort.
light [-ed, lit] v
- Illuminate; fill with a glow; spread over with sunset.
- Give vision to; show the way to; enable to see.
- To kindle; inflame; set fire to.
- To enlighten; make plain, clear.