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Light \Light\ (l[imac]t), a. [AS. le['o]ht. See Light, n.]

  1. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.

  2. 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.


Light \Light\, a. [Compar. Lighter (l[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Lightest.] [OE. light, liht, AS. l[=i]ht, le['o]ht; akin to D. ligt, G. leicht, OHG. l[=i]hti, Icel. l[=e]ttr, Dan. let, Sw. l["a]tt, Goth. leihts, and perh. to L. levis (cf. Levity), Gr. 'elachy`s small, Skr. laghu light. [root]125.]

  1. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to be the center of gravity with force; not heavy.

    These weights did not exert their natural gravity, . . . insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand.

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

    Ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
    --Matt. xi. 29, 30.

  3. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.

    Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.

  4. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.

  5. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.

  6. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.

    Unmarried men are best friends, best masters . . . but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away.

  7. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.

  8. Slight; not important; as, a light error.

  9. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.

  10. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.

  11. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.

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

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

    There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion.

  14. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.

    Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light.

    Specimens of New England humor laboriously light and lamentably mirthful.

  15. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.

    Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain ?

  16. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.

    To a fair semblance doth light faith annex.

  17. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.

    A light wife doth make a heavy husband.

  18. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.

  19. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil. Light cavalry, Light horse (Mil.), light-armed soldiers mounted on strong and active horses. Light eater, one who eats but little. Light infantry, infantry soldiers selected and trained for rapid evolutions. Light of foot.

    1. Having a light step.

    2. Fleet.

      Light of heart, gay, cheerful.

      Light oil (Chem.), the oily product, lighter than water, forming the chief part of the first distillate of coal tar, and consisting largely of benzene and toluene.

      Light sails (Naut.), all the sails above the topsails, with, also, the studding sails and flying jib.

      1. Light sleeper, one easily wakened.

        Light weight, a prize fighter, boxer, wrestler, or jockey, who is below a standard medium weight. Cf. Feather weight, under Feather. [Cant]

        To make light of, to treat as of little consequence; to slight; to disregard.

        To set light by, to undervalue; to slight; to treat as of no importance; to despise.

  1. (en-superlative of: light) v

  2. (context archaic English) (en-archaic second-person singular of: light)

Usage examples of "lightest".

Giles Habibula and Jay Kalam stood on the netting, John Star, lightest of the four, on their shoulders, while huge Hal Samdu stood upon his.

The weather was about to turn, but as yet this land had known only the lightest bite of frost.

His mind remained in the lightest possible contact with it, as if connected by a long, long leash.

Spare aught but a dark theme, On which the lightest heart might moralize?

And in the lightest and the least, may best Be seen the current of the coming wind.

Spare nothing but a gloomy theme, On which the lightest heart might moralize?

He dashed his cap into the ring and followed it, with the lightest of vaults across the ropes.

I can afford the lightest, usually many times over, and I like taking you all to places that are light.

Royal Army was two days in reorganizing, then immediately took up the pursuit of the shattered Scottish host, this time unencumbered by wagons or by any but the lightest of field guns, the necessities on pack animals, and the trains and the wounded well on the way to Durham.

The very lightest of the siege guns weighed, with its massive carriage, in excess of four tons, and the huge, bulky, clumsy weapons were difficult to transport under optimum conditions.

To study for one year with any of the half-dozen Greatest Masters still living, who had all passed their three hundredth birthdays, cost half a terautil, as much as a large sunclipper, a patent of economic nobility for a noncritical resource, or a private preserve a kilometer square on the lightest deck in the Hive.

Neglect was the lightest term that could be applied to the systematized and cold-hearted tyranny of Henry towards his wife.

He raised it to his mouth and placed the lightest of kisses just above her knuckles.

During this time, we had the wind from all quarters, and of every degree of force, from the lightest air to a double-reefed-topsail breeze.

A general error exists in America on the subject of French cookery, which is not highly seasoned, but whose merit consists in blending flavours and in arranging compounds, in such a manner as to produce, at the same time, the lightest and most agreeable food.