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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

light1 English Thesaurus

the houses had only the shadowy light of candles and oil lamps

light2 English Thesaurus

it's light, portable, and you can use it anywhere

light3 English Thesaurus

we started lighting into our attackers

light on/upon in light3 British & World English

Come upon or discover by chance

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

red light British & World English

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

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

top light British & World English

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

wax light British & World English

A taper or candle made from wax

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

cold light British & World English

Light accompanied by little or no heat; luminescence

cross light British & World English

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

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

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

inner light British & World English

Personal spiritual revelation; a source of enlightenment within oneself

jack light British & World English

A portable light, especially one used for fishing at night

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

light tower British & World English

A tall structure fitted with electric lights, typically used for outdoor illumination

light trap British & World English

An illuminated trap for attracting and catching nocturnal flying insects

light water British & World English

Water containing the normal proportion (or less) of deuterium oxide, i.e. about 0.02 per cent, especially to distinguish it from heavy water


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