1 the houses had only the shadowy light of candles and oil lamps
illumination, brightness, luminescence, luminosity, shining, gleaming, gleam, brilliance, radiance, lustre, glowing, glow, blaze, glare, dazzle;
ray of light, shaft of light, beam of light
3 have you got a light?
match, (cigarette) lighter, flame, spark, source of fire
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photographrelated prefix, as in
luminescentrelated prefix, as in
Luciferrelated prefix, as in
study of behaviour of light
measurement of the intensity of light
fear of light
11 he heard light footsteps she leaned up and planted a light kiss on Dave's mouth
gentle, delicate, soft, dainty, graceful;
- 1make light of something
- I don't want to make light of a serious issueplay down, downplay, understate, underrate, rate too low, not do justice to, do an injustice to, underplay, de-emphasize, underemphasize, trivialize, minimize, diminish, downgrade, reduce, lessen, brush aside, gloss over, shrug offrare misprize, minify
- 1light into
- 1 informal we started lighting into our attackersthrash, drub, thump, batter, hammer, pummel, hit out at, strike out at, (let) fly at, weigh into, belabourBritish informal have a go at
- 2 my father really lit into me for being latescold, berate, upbraid, castigate, censure, condemn, lambaste, criticize, reprimand, rebuke, chide, reprove, admonish, harangue, take to task, lay into, rant at, rave at, rail at, revile, fulminate against, haul/call over the coalsinformal pitch into, rap someone's knuckles, slap someone's wrist, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, carpet, tell off, bawl outNorth American informal chew out
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