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Definition of the adjective alight

What does alight mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. lighted up by or as by fire or flame
    • example: candles alight on the tables
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • synonyms of alight: ablaze / afire / aflame / aflare / on fire
    • similar: lighted / lit

Alternative definition of the adjective alight


  1. Lit; on fire, switched on.
  2. [figuratively] Lit; on fire, burning.

Definition of the verb alight

What does alight mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. to come to rest, settle
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of alight: light / perch
    • more generic terms: land / set down = reach or come to rest
  2. come down
    • example: the birds alighted
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of alight: climb down
    • more generic terms: come down / descend / fall / go down = move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

Alternative definition of the verb alight


  1. [intransitive, with [term, from]] To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
  2. [intransitive, with [term, on]] To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop.
  3. [intransitive] To come or chance (upon).


Alight is a musical group.


"Alight" is a musical album of Safa.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alight

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Miscellaneous and lexicographical, vol. 1

ALIGHT'. A. S. 'Klditan, hh'can; t0 alight, to light: to descend from a horse or carriage, says Junins, perhaps, because this is no other than to lighten a carriage or horse of its burden; and then used, generally, to come down; to descend; to fall ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

alight. set the world alight:seeSET.

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

alight. SeeSET the world alight.

Google previewEtymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of Difficult Words (1882)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Light, to alight, lit [light'-ed], ( past ...

Google previewWintu Dictionary (1985)

by Harvey Pitkin

drop; fall; alight (cf. {dil} hurry) dawin dile to think of, to be reminded of past events, cf. { daw) 'in front' dile to reach the ground after falling or jumping; to fall; to fall down ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the First, Or Oldest Words in the English Language (1862)

From the Semi-Saxon Period of A.D.1250 to 1300 : Consisting of an Alphabetical Inventory of Every Word Found in the Printed English Literature of the 13th Century by Herbert Coleridge

Alight, v. a.=descend, alight. 1897 B. RG. 468. part. 'alight.

Google previewA Dictionary of the Old English Language (1878)

Compiled from Writings of the XII., XIII., XIV. and XV. Centuries by Francis Henry Stratmann

alîhtan, alight, descenderé, ...

Google previewA New Rotuman Dictionary (1998)

An English-Rotuman Wordlist by Elizabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia

si 'esi alight (from vehicle) pu1 alight (of birds) fo'a ...

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Usage statistics about alight

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Alight Meaning

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Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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Scrabble value of A1L1I1G2H4T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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