1. (n.) That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous.

2. (n.) That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc.

3. (n.) The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day.

4. (n.) The brightness of the eye or eyes.

5. (n.) The medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions.

6. (n.) Life; existence.

7. (n.) Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.

8. (n.) The power of perception by vision.

9. (n.) That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information.

10. (n.) Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.

11. (n.) The manner in which the light strikes upon 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. Cf. Chiaroscuro.

12. (n.) Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light.

13. (n.) One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.

14. (n.) A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light.

15. (superl) Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.

16. (superl) White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.

17. (n.) To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up.

18. (n.) To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.

19. (n.) To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.

20. (v. i.) To become ignited; to take fire; as, the match will not light.

21. (v. i.) To be illuminated; to receive light; to brighten; -- with up; as, the room lights up very well.

22. (superl.) Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy.

23. (superl.) Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.

24. (superl.) Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.

25. (superl.) Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.

26. (superl.) Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.

27. (superl.) Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.

28. (superl.) Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.

29. (superl.) Slight; not important; as, a light error.

30. (superl.) Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.

31. (superl.) Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.

32. (superl.) Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.

33. (superl.) Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.

34. (superl.) Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.

35. (superl.) Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.

36. (superl.) Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.

37. (superl.) Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.

38. (superl.) Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.

39. (superl.) Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.

40. (superl.) Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil.

41. (adv.) Lightly; cheaply.

42. (v. t.) To lighten; to ease of a burden; to take off.

43. (v. i.) To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in.

44. (v. i.) To feel light; to be made happy.

45. (v. i.) To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.

46. (v. i.) To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon.

47. (v. i.) To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into.

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