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The Collaborative International Dictionary
Light \Light\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or Lit (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. l[=i]htan to alight orig., to relieve (a horse) of the rider's burden, to make less heavy, fr. l[=i]ht light. See Light not heavy, and cf. Alight, Lighten to make light.]
To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in.
When she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.
--Gen. xxiv. 64.
Slowly rode across a withered heath, And lighted at a ruined inn.
To feel light; to be made happy. [Obs.]
It made all their hearts to light.
To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.
[The bee] lights on that, and this, and tasteth all.
--Sir. J. Davies.
On the tree tops a crested peacock lit.
To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon.
On me, me only, as the source and spring Of all corruption, all the blame lights due.
To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into.
The several degrees of vision, which the assistance of glasses (casually at first lit on) has taught us to conceive.
They shall light into atheistical company.
And here we lit on Aunt Elizabeth, And Lilia with the rest.
Light \Light\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or Lit (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. l[=y]htan, l[=i]htan, to shine. [root]122. See Light, 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.
If a thousand candles be all lighted from one.
And the largest lamp is lit.
Absence might cure it, or a second mistress Light up another flame, and put out this.
To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.
Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn To light the dead.
One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds.
The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply His absent beams, has lighted up the sky.
To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
His bishops lead him forth, and light him on.
To light a fire, to kindle the material of a fire.
Lighting \Light"ing\, n. (Metal.) A name sometimes applied to the process of annealing metals.
Lighting or illumination is the deliberate use of light to achieve a practical or aesthetic effect. Lighting includes the use of both artificial light sources like lamps and light fixtures, as well as natural illumination by capturing daylight. Daylighting (using windows, skylights, or light shelves) is sometimes used as the main source of light during daytime in buildings. This can save energy in place of using artificial lighting, which represents a major component of energy consumption in buildings. Proper lighting can enhance task performance, improve the appearance of an area, or have positive psychological effects on occupants.
apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the stage or a film
the craft of providing artificial light; "an interior decorator must understand lighting"
n. The equipment used to provide illumination; the illumination so provided.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"shining, illumination," Old English lihting, from leoht (see light (n.)).
Usage examples of "lighting".
Paris in an infinite number of petty questions as to tenants, abutters, liabilities, taxes, repairs, sweepings, decorations for the Fete-Dieu, waste-pipes, lighting, projections over the public way, and the neighborhood of unhealthy buildings.
By that time the warhead received its signal to detonate and the fuse flashed into incandescence, lighting off an intermediate explosive set in the center of the main explosive, which erupted into a white-hot segment that detonated the high-explosive cylinder of the unit in the nose cone aft of the seeker and navigation modules forward of the central processor.
Bright emergency lights flashed on all over the estate, lighting up the area like a football field.
I confess that I am disappointed: we had planned to arrive at Potala in the twilight, while there was still alpenglow lighting the north-south ridges and the higher peaks to the north and west of the palace.
They asperged the body with water and Tibor said prayers for the memory of the dead sailor before lighting the dry reeds he had woven through the lower layers of the pyre.
I saw the Duchess in the attic, in her atelier, lighting candles to stave off the dark.
Indirect lighting, music wafting up the stairs, and a visit to the aviary should round out our ghostly evening to perfection.
The biogas rising from the pit was trapped and piped into the houses, to be used for cooking and lighting.
The wastes fell down a pipe to biogas chambers below the Wheel, which, supplemented by vegetable and animal wastes from the monastery overhead, supplied the Wheel with its methane lighting.
She hustled him out of his pile of blankets and set him to sweeping floors, helping in the laundries, and cleaning the various ingenious instruments of lighting that had accumulated in this place over the yearsbrass candlesticks and chamber-sticks, candle-snuffers, wax-jacks, bougie boxes, wick-trimmers, douters, candle-boxes, and lamps.
On my lighting the candle she seemed uneasy, and said that the light might discover us if anybody came up to the fourth floor.
As I write these words, in the very moment, I feel that the whole air, the sunshine out yonder lighting up the ploughed earth, the distant sky, the circumambient ether, and that far space, is full of soul-secrets, soul-life, things outside the experience of all the ages.
Finally, though, as the last bright sliver of the sun vanished, lighting up the sky in a glorious blaze of reds and greens and lavender, Macklin and Cissy reined up their horses.
It seems that poor Jenny, having heard of the luminations that were lighted up through the country on the ending of the Popish Bill, had, with Meg, travelled by themselves into Glasgow, where they had gathered or begged a stock of candles, and coming back under the cloud of night, had surprised and alarmed the whole clachan, by lighting up their window in the manner that I have described.
I could understand the prefect suddenly lighting a candle, but how could I realize what I saw--namely, one of my comrades sleeping soundly in my bed, with his back turned to me?