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Light appears in the following tongue twister:

  • No need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight.

Light appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Osteopath, gilded arts nuns traded light a poet so.
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Usage statistics for the noun light:

spoken English42.86%written English57.14% conversational speech62.99%task-oriented speech37.01% imaginative writing75.44%informational writing24.56%
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Light is sometimes a misspelling of lights.

The word light is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun light

What does light mean as a name of something?

Light is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • light: lights
  • Light: -

  1. (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  2. any device serving as a source of illumination
    • example: he stopped the car and turned off the lights
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of light: light source
    • more generic term: source of illumination = any device serving as a source of visible electromagnetic radiation
    • more specific terms:
      • anchor light / riding light / riding lamp = a light in the rigging of a ship that is riding at anchor
      • blinker / flasher = a light that flashes on and off
      • fairy light = a small colored light used for decoration
      • flood lamp / floodlight / photoflood / flood = light that is a source of artificial illumination having a broad beam
      • headlight / headlamp = a powerful light with reflector
      • houselights = lights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium
      • jacklight = a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night
      • navigation light = light on an airplane that indicates the plane's position and orientation
      • night-light = light (as a candle or small bulb) that burns in a bedroom at night
      • panel light = a light to illuminate an instrument panel
      • room light = light that provides general illumination for a room
      • sconce = a candle or flaming torch secured in a sconce
      • searchlight = a light source with reflectors that projects a beam of light in a particular direction
      • running light / sidelight = light carried by a boat that indicates the boat's direction
      • strip lighting = light consisting of long tubes (instead of bulbs) that provide the illumination
      • theater light = any of various lights used in a theater
      • torch = a light usually carried in the hand
  3. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation
    • example: although he saw it in a different light, he still did not understand
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: perspective / position / view = a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  4. the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
  5. an illuminated area
    • example: he stepped into the light
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: scene = the place where some action occurs
  6. a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination
    • example: follow God's light
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of light: illumination
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
  7. the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
    • example: he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of light: lightness
    • more generic term: visual property = an attribute of vision
    • more specific words:
    • attribute: dark = devoid of or deficient in light or brightness
  8. a person regarded very fondly
    • example: the light of my life
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic word: friend = a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  9. having abundant light or illumination
    • examples: they played as long as it was light | as long as the lighting was good
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of light: lighting
    • antonym of light: dark
    • more generic word: illumination = the degree of visibility of your environment
  10. mental understanding as an enlightening experience
    • examples: he finally saw the light | can you shed light on this problem?
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: brainstorm / brainwave / insight = the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  11. merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
  12. public awareness
  13. a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
  14. a visual warning signal
    • examples: they saw the light of the beacon | there was a light at every corner
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic term: visual signal = a signal that involves visual communication
    • more specific terms: traffic signal / traffic light / stoplight = a visual signal to control the flow of traffic at intersections
  15. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires

Alternative definition of the noun light


  1. [uncountable] The natural medium emanating from the sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible.
  2. A source of illumination.
  3. Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.
  4. [context: in the plural, now rare] Facts. pieces of information; ideas, concepts.
  5. A notable person within a specific field or discipline.
  6. A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.
  7. A flame or something used to create fire.
  8. A window, or space for a window in architecture
  9. The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue
  10. [informal] A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
  11. [curling] A stone that is not thrown hard enough.

Definition of the adjective light

What does light mean as an attribute of a noun?

Light is one of the top 100 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: lighter | lightest

  1. of comparatively little physical weight or density
  2. (used of color) having a relatively small amount of coloring agent
  3. of the military or industry; using (or being) relatively small or light arms or equipment
  4. not great in degree or quantity or number
    • examples: a light sentence | a light accent | casualties were light | light snow was falling | light misty rain | light smoke from the chimney
    • antonym: heavy
  5. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles
  6. characterized by or emitting light
  7. (used of vowels or syllables) pronounced with little or no stress
    • example: a syllable that ends in a short vowel is a light syllable
    • synonyms of light: unaccented / weak
    • similar: unstressed
  8. easily assimilated in the alimentary canal; not rich or heavily seasoned
  9. (used of soil) loose and large-grained in consistency
    • example: light soil
    • similar: loose
  10. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims
  11. moving easily and quickly; nimble
  12. demanding little effort; not burdensome
    • examples: light housework | light exercise
    • similar: undemanding
  13. of little intensity or power or force
    • examples: the light touch of her fingers | a light breeze
    • antonym: heavy
    • similar: easy / gentle / soft
  14. (physics, chemistry) not having atomic weight greater than average
  15. weak and likely to lose consciousness
  16. very thin and insubstantial
    • example: light summer dresses
    • similar: thin
  17. marked by temperance in indulgence
    • examples: a light eater | a light smoker | ate a light supper
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • synonym of light: abstemious
    • similar: temperate
  18. less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
  19. having little importance
  20. intended primarily as entertainment; not serious or profound
    • examples: light verse | a light comedy
    • similar: frivolous
  21. silly or trivial
    • examples: light banter | light idle chatter
    • synonym of light: idle
    • similar: frivolous
  22. designed for ease of movement or to carry little weight
    • examples: light aircraft | a light truck
    • similar: light-duty
  23. having relatively few calories
  24. (of sleep) easily disturbed
    • examples: in a light doze | a light sleeper
    • synonym of light: wakeful
    • similar: shallow
  25. casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior

Alternative definition of the adjective light


  1. having light
  2. pale in colour
  3. [context: of coffee] served with extra milk or cream
  4. Of low weight; not heavy.
  5. Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads.
  6. Gentle; having little force or momentum.
  7. Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.
  8. Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.
  9. [rail transport, of a locomotive, usually with "run"] travelling with no carriages, wagons attached
  10. [obsolete] Unchaste, wanton.

Definition of the adverb light

What does light mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. with few burdens
    • example: experienced travellers travel light
    • synonym of light: lightly

Alternative definition of the adverb light


  1. Carrying little.

Definition of the verb light

What does light mean as a doing word?

Light is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. make lighter or brighter
  2. begin to smoke
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of light: fire up / light up
    • more generic word: ignite = cause to start burning
    • entailment: smoke = inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
  3. to come to rest, settle
    • example: Misfortune lighted upon him
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of light: alight / perch
    • more generic terms: land / set down = reach or come to rest
  4. cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat
  5. fall to somebody by assignment or lot
  6. alight from (a horse)
  7. start or maintain a fire in
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of light: fire / ignite

Alternative definition of the verb light


  1. [transitive] To start (a fire).
  2. [transitive] To set fire to.
  3. [transitive] To illuminate.
  4. [nautical] To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter
  5. To find by chance.
  6. [archaic] To alight.


Light a.k.a. Light, Arkansas: Light is an unincorporated community in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. Light is located at the junction of U.S. Route 412 and Arkansas Highway 228 14.5 miles west of Paragould. Light has a post office with ZIP code 72439.


Who is Light?

Light is a musical artist.

  • nationality: Japan
  • profession: Musician
  • member of musical group Lolita No.18 (Guitar) between and


  1. Light a.k.a. Light? is a musical group.
    • albums: "Mirrors", "Light?", "For My Songless Demons", "Мой рассвет в Январе"
  2. Light is a musical group.
  3. Light is a musical group.
    • album: "The Story of Moses"

There are other groups with in their name, like Big Light, Old Light, Red Light, red-light, Spy Light, Wan Light, Half Light, Half-Light, red light!, Wild light, Ashen light, Blind Light, Clear Light, Final Light, First light, Inner light, Light Fires, Light Force, Light Light and Light Skits.


The Light was an automobile built in Detroit, Michigan by the Light Motor Car Company in 1914. The Light was a conventional vehicle with a six-cylinder, 30 hp engine. It came as a touring model selling for $1,250.


  1. "Light" is the third album by reggae singer Matisyahu, which was released on August 25, 2009. It was anticipated since his major label debut Youth released three years before. The album has been highly successful in the reggae world, holding the top spot on the billboard reggae albums chart for 34 weeks.
  2. "Light" is a musical album of DakhaBrakha.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  3. "Light" is a song by industrial rock band KMFDM from their 1993 album Angst. The single was first released in 1994 and contains nine different remixes of the song. "Light" peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart in May 1994. The single was re-released as a 7" in 2009, and the song was remixed and released as "Light 2010" on December 17 2010.
  4. "Light" is a musical album of Hollywoodoo.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  5. "Light" a.k.a. "Light (Music)": Light is a 2003 album by American contemporary Christian music artist Jeff Deyo.
  6. "Light" is a musical EP of B. J. Nilsen, Christian Fennesz, Biosphere.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  7. "Light" is a musical single of KMFDM.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  8. "Light" is a musical album of Vintage.
    • released on
  9. "Light" is a musical album of Philomela.
    • released on
  10. "Light" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Light" a.k.a. "Light?" is a musical album of Light?.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  12. "Light" is a musical album of Dan Dankmeyer.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  13. "Light" is a musical album of Bülent Ortaçgil.
    • released on (16 years ago)


  1. "Light" is a science fiction novel by M. John Harrison published in 2002. It received the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and a BSFA nomination in 2002, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2003.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Science Fiction, Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subject: Space opera
    • copyright: 2002
    • released on (12 years ago)
    • some of the awards:
  2. "Light" is a book written by Michael Grant.
    • released on
  3. "Light" is a book by Margaret Elphinstone.
    • also known as "Light: a novel"
    • genres: Fiction, Historical fiction
    • subjects: 19th century, History, Literary


  1. Light a.k.a. Cahaya is an Indonesian TV serial that was aired from November 5, 2007 to July 25, 2008 on RCTI.
  2. "Light" is a short film, directed by Yassmina Karajah.
  3. "Light" is a film, directed by Carmen Soup.
  4. "Light" is a short film, directed by Maja Fernqvist.


  1. light a.k.a. Sunlight is a portion of the electromagnetic radiation given off by the Sun, in particular infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light. On Earth, sunlight is filtered through the Earth's atmosphere, and is obvious as daylight when the Sun is above the horizon. When the direct solar radiation is not blocked by clouds, it is experienced as sunshine, a combination of bright light and radiant heat. When it is blocked by the clouds or reflects off other objects, it is experienced as diffused light. The World Meteorological Organization uses the term "sunshine duration" to mean the cumulative time during which an area receives direct irradiance from the Sun of at least 120 watts per square meter.
  2. light a.k.a. Luminosity: In astronomy, luminosity is the total amount of energy emitted by a star, galaxy, or other astronomical object per unit time. It is related to brightness, which is the luminosity of an object in a given spectral region.
  3. Light a.k.a. TNFSF14: Tumor necrosis factor ligand superfamily member 14 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the TNFSF14 gene. TNFSF14 has also been designated as CD258, as well as LIGHT.
  4. Light a.k.a. Divine light: In theology, divine light is an aspect of divine presence, specifically an unknown and mysterious ability of God, angels, or human beings to express themselves communicatively through spiritual means, rather than through physical capacities.
  5. Light is an online journal which bills itself as "America's oldest and best-known journal of light verse.
  6. Light is a single by Music for Pleasure and was released in 1982.

Phrases with Light

Phrases starting with the word Light:

  1. light up
  2. light air
  3. light arm
  4. Light Gel
  5. Light gun
  6. light out
  7. light pen
  8. light beam
  9. light beer

Phrases ending with the word Light:

  1. arc light
  2. Bad Light
  3. fog light
  4. red light
  5. Sub-Light
  6. wax light
  7. Dead-Light
  8. Dome Light
  9. Drop Light
  10. Grow light
  11. half-light

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Light

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Google previewA Dictionary of Science (1873)

Comprising Astronomy, Chemistry, Dynamics, Electricity, Heat, Hydrodynamics, Hydrostatics, Light, Magnetism, Mechanics, Meteorology, Pneumatics, Sound, and Statics; Preceded by an Essay on the History of the Physical Sciences by George Farrer Rodwell

Comprising Astronomy, Chemistry, Dynamics, Electricity, Heat, Hydrodynamics, Hydrostatics, Light, Magnetism, Mechanics, Meteorology, Pneumatics, Sound, and Statics; Preceded by an Essay on the History of the Physical Sciences George ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dreams - One Thousand Dreams and Their Interpretations (2013)

by Anon.

LIGHT. A burning light signifies recovery to the sick, fortune and honor to the healthy.

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

upgrade; derrick, elevator, ligament, theft lift up your hearts: sursum corda ligature: band, bandage, binding, bond, connection, cord, filament, link, tie, wire light (action): land on, perch light (illumination): beacon, beam, brighten, bulb, candle, ...

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Usage statistics about light

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun light:

spoken English42.86%written English57.14% conversational speech62.99%task-oriented speech37.01% imaginative writing75.44%informational writing24.56%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun light:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun light and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective light:


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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb light:


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Quotes about Light

light's shadow is light
no light produces shadow but possess shadow which is light itself
light's shadow is light (Nyein Way)
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Scrabble value of L1I1G2H4T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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