Definition of Very light in English:

Share this entry

Very light

Pronunciation: /ˈvɛri ˌlʌɪt/
/ˈvɪəri ˌlʌɪt/


A flare fired into the air from a pistol for signalling or for temporary illumination.
Example sentences
  • It resembled a Very light (flare in the USA - J.T.) used as a distress signal by Royal Air.
  • The moon was at their back, and the enemy used mortar-fire, Very lights and fire-bombs, setting the corn alight.
  • I looked round and in the clear blue the Very lights and tracer bullets were shooting up into the sky.


Early 20th century: named after Edward W. Very (1847–1910), American naval officer.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.