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light1 British & World English

The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible

light2 British & World English

Of little weight; not heavy

light3 British & World English

Come upon or discover by chance

light on/upon in light3 British & World English

Come upon or discover by chance

red light British & World English

A red traffic light or similar signal that instructs moving vehicles to stop

top light British & World English

A small pane above a main window, which typically opens outwards and upwards

tea light British & World English

A small, squat candle in a metal case, used for decoration or within a stand to keep food or drink warm

wax light British & World English

A taper or candle made from wax

key light British & World English

The main source of light in a photograph or film

light up British & World English

(Of a person’s face or eyes) suddenly become animated with liveliness or joy

light out British & World English

Depart hurriedly

light air British & World English

A wind of force 1 on the Beaufort scale (1-3 knots or 1-6 km/h)

light box British & World English

A flat box having a side of translucent glass or plastic and containing an electric light, so as to provide an evenly lighted flat surface or even illumination, such as in a studio

light gun British & World English

A handheld gunlike photosensitive device used chiefly in computer games, held to the display screen for passing information to the computer

light pen British & World English

A handheld pen-like photosensitive device held to the display screen of a computer terminal for passing information to the computer

owl light British & World English

Dusk; twilight

black light British & World English

Ultraviolet or infrared radiation, invisible to the eye

brake light British & World English

A red light at the back of a vehicle that is automatically illuminated when the brakes are applied

pilot light British & World English

A small gas burner kept alight permanently to light a larger burner when needed, especially on a gas cooker or boiler

rear light British & World English

A red light at the rear of a vehicle; a tail light

roof light British & World English

A window panel built into a roof to admit light

cross light British & World English

A light positioned to illuminate the parts of a photographic subject which the main lighting leaves in shade

cold light British & World English

Light accompanied by little or no heat; luminescence

Dutch light British & World English

A cold frame in which the glass is a single large pane

fill light British & World English

A supplementary light used in photography or filming that does not change the character of the main light and is used chiefly to lighten shadows

first light British & World English

The time when light first appears in the morning; dawn

strip light British & World English

A tubular fluorescent lamp

stop light British & World English

A red traffic signal

tail light British & World English

A red light at the rear of a motor vehicle, train, or bicycle

vigil light British & World English

A candle lighted and placed on a shrine as an act of devotion

Very light British & World English

A flare fired into the air from a pistol for signalling or for temporary illumination

white light British & World English

Apparently colourless light, for example ordinary daylight. It contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum at equal intensity

green light British & World English

A green traffic light giving permission to proceed

half-light British & World English

Dim light such as at dusk or dawn

idiot light British & World English

A warning light that goes on when a fault occurs in a device

jack light British & World English

A portable light, especially one used for fishing at night

inner light British & World English

Personal spiritual revelation; a source of enlightenment within oneself

in a —— light British & World English

So as to give a specified impression

light into British & World English

Criticize severely; attack

light bulb British & World English

A glass bulb inserted into a lamp or a socket in a ceiling, which provides light by passing an electric current through a filament or a pocket of inert gas

light chain British & World English

A protein subunit that, as one of a pair, forms part of the main antigen-binding region of an immunoglobulin molecule

light cone British & World English

A surface in space-time, represented as a cone in three dimensions, comprising all the points from which a light signal would reach a given point (at the apex) simultaneously, and which therefore appear simultaneous to an observer at the apex

light curve British & World English

A graph showing the variation in the light received over a period of time from a variable star or other varying celestial object

light meter British & World English

An instrument for measuring the intensity of light, used chiefly to show the correct exposure when taking a photograph

light opera British & World English

Another term for operetta.

light scoop British & World English

An architectural feature that captures natural light and draws it into parts of a building

light show British & World English

A spectacle of coloured lights that move and change, especially at a pop concert

light stick British & World English

Another term for glow stick.

light table British & World English

A horizontal or tilted surface of translucent glass or plastic with a light behind it, used as a light box for drawing or viewing transparencies or negatives

light-toned British & World English

Light in colour or shade


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