- 1 uncountable (illumination) a ray of light light and shadeluz y sombra(Art)artificial/natural light
claroscuro (masculine)luz artificial/naturalby the light of the moon/a candlea la luz de la luna/una velayou shouldn't read in this lightno deberías leer con esta luzhold it up to the lightponlo al trasluz or a contraluzyou're standing in my lightme tapas or me quitas la luzbring it into the light
me haces sombratráelo a la luzwhile the light lastsmientras haya luzin o by the cold light of day it didn't seem such a good ideaal pensarlo mejor or en frío, no parecía tan buena ideaat first lightal clarear (el día)let there be light (Bible) (to be) the light of somebody's life
con las primeras luces(ser) la niña de los ojos de alguiento bring something to light to come to light to hide one's light under a bushelser modestoto see the lightabrir los ojos
comprender las cosas(Religion)to see (the) light at the end of the tunnel
ver la luzvislumbrar el fin de sus ( or mis etc) problemasto see the light (of day) he first saw the light of day in April, 1769
ir saliendo del túnelnació or vino al mundo en el mes de abril de 1769to throw o cast o shed light on somethingarrojar luz sobre algo(before noun) light wavesondas (feminine plural) luminosasExample sentences
- LEDs are made of semiconductor chips and emit light when a current passes through them.
- Stockholm is beautiful in the mornings, the golden light glinting off the buildings.
- Dark clothes don't glow because the dark pigments absorb the UV light.
- 2 countable 2.1 (source of light)(lamp) lámpara (feminine)to turn the light off to turn the light onencender or (Latin America tb) prender or (Spain tb) dar la luzshine the light over hereenfoca or alumbra aquílights out!¡apaguen las luces!lights! (Cinema, Theater)¡luces!she wanted to see her name in lightsquería ver su nombre en las marquesinas or en letras de neónthe bright lights of the big citylas luces de la gran ciudadlanding/navigation lightsluces (feminine plural) de aterrizaje/navegaciónto go out like a light [colloquial](become unconscious) caer(se) redondo(fall asleep) dormirse como un tronco
caer como piedra (Latin America) [colloquial]Example sentences2.2 (of car, bicycle) dip your lights
pon las cortas or (Chile) las bajas2.3also: traffic lightdon't shoot/jump the lightsno te saltes el semáforono te comas la luz roja [colloquial]the lights were against usnos tocaron los semáforos en contra or en rojoExample sentences2.4 (in lighthouse)
- Everything is brightly lit once the UV lights are turned on.
- Fluorescent lights or special grow lamps also work if left on about 14 to 16 hours per day.
- Hang paper chains or other decorations well away from lights or any other source of heat.
- Queuing traffic at the numerous lights in and around the High Street creates more congestion.
- I don't want to drive these things wide open on the street, but we'll run them zero to 60 at the next few lights.
- The look, of course, was no big deal, but the preposterous wheelspinning start as the lights went green certainly was.
- 3 3.1 (aspect) (no plural) to see something/somebody in a good/bad lightver algo/a alguien con buenos/malos ojosI suddenly saw her in a new lightde pronto la vi con otros ojosseen in this lightvisto asíthis puts matters in a new light, this sheds a new light on mattersesto cambia la perspectiva or el panoramait didn't show him in a very good/flattering lightno daba una imagen demasiado buena/favorable de él3.2in the light of o (American English also) in light of (as preposition)a la luz de
en vista de
- 4 countable (for igniting) have you got a light?¿tienes fuego?to put a o set light to somethingprender fuego a algoto strike a lightencender un fósforo or (Spain) una cerilla or (Central America, Mexico tb) un cerilloExample sentences
- I was nervous and when I get nervous I smoke - too bad I didn't have a light.
- 5also: lights plural5.1 (windows) (Architecture) (sometimes singular)Example sentences
Example sentences5.2 (Cookery) 5.3 (beliefs) [dated]by/according to somebody's lights
- The opening casements were also taped along the junction between the casement and the opening light.
- Summer cross-ventilation can be obtained through opening lights in the glass wall and the motorized panes of the clerestory.
- Top lights and side windows flood the building with daylight from unexpected angles.
a/según su ( or mi etc) entenderExample sentences
- Well-lit by a triple-light mullion and transom window with wooden surrounds, the landing was given additional light from a dormer window high up in the central gable.
- The windows also show progress in one particular way: they are still mullioned and transomed, but the individual lights are no longer arched.
- The good of human freedom, by European lights, must be weighed against the risk and cost of actually fighting for it.
- He was, by his lights at least, honest with me.
- I think that the president is a basically decent man who is trying to do the best he can according to his lights.
transitive verb past tense & past participle lighted or lit
- 1 (set alight)Example sentences
- He pulled out a cigarette, lit it, and walked away from the fire, through the village, and into the forest.
- We both lit our Bic lighters as if we were at a Grateful Dead concert.
- Almost every month my neighbour has a bonfire: last Friday at 9.15 pm he lit one.
- 2past tense & past participle lit(illuminate)(room/scene)a dimly/brightly lit street
iluminaruna calle poco/muy iluminadashe lit the way for him with a flashlightle alumbró el camino con una linternaExample sentences
- We were both watching TV, the pictures brightly lighting the dark living room.
- Sets are very minimalist but lit to good effect.
- It's cramped, poorly stocked and somehow dimly lit.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle lighted or lit
- Mr Griffiths was sucking hopefully at his pipe, which had refused to light properly.
- However, the four managed to overpower the man and retrieve the lighter before it lit.
- It took three goes to get the cigarette to light, as my hands were shaking.
- He fished a pipe out of his pocket, lit it up, and began to smoke.
- She got out her last cigarette and lit it up as she walked away.
- When I see people struggling to light their smokes up in a stinking back alley in the dead of winter, in the rain, I really can't see that is their little pleasure time.
adjective -er, -est
- 1 (pale)(green/brown)
- The walls were a dark jade color here, the tile a light tan covered with crimson matting.
- The streets of the city were cobble stones, and most of the buildings made of a light gray stone or wood.
- The screen turned light purple and a single folder appeared in the middle of the screen.
- 2 (bright) it gets light very early these daysahora amanece or aclara muy tempranoit's already lightya es de díawhite paint makes a room look lighter
ya está clarola pintura blanca le da más luz a una habitaciónExample sentences
- If it is sufficiently light outside to tell a white thread from a black thread then one should be fasting.
- The closer one is to the North Pole, the longer the dark or light period is.
- The seeds were then grown in vermiculite at 30°C under dark or light conditions.
- 1verb + adverb 1.1
(eyes/face)his face lit up
se le iluminó la cara1.2 (smoke) he settled back in his chair and lit up
se arrellanó en el sillón y encendió or prendió un cigarrillo ( or su pipa etc)2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
(face)2.2 (illuminate) the streets were all lit up
las calles estaban todas iluminadas2.3
adjective -er, -est
- 1 1.1 (not heavy)(load/fabric)
liviano (esp Latin America)(voice)it's lighter than the other one
suavepesa menos que el otroes más ligero or (esp Latin America) liviano que el otrothe film was light on laughsla película tenía poco de divertidawith a light toneen tono desenfadadowith a light heartExample sentences
Example sentences1.2 (Cookery)
- Wrap the dish in clingfilm and place in the fridge with a light weight on top for an hour or so, to allow the flavours to mingle before serving.
- The large, sixteen-inch light alloy wheels add to the sporty dynamics of the car.
- He worked on light metal alloys and the electrolytic production of potassium and sodium.
- Penn keeps the tone of the film extremely light, as the action effortlessly hops between Florida and Beverly Hills.
- The first part of the story ends at a very natural point in the story, and on a suitably light moment.
- All day, there are thoughts both weighty and light dancing through my head.
liviano (esp Latin America)(pastry/cake)
liviano (esp Latin America)(cola/beer) (American English)
light invariable adjective(menu)light ale
de bajo contenido calóricoExample sentences
- Here, cooks will prepare a light meal of mixed salad, tinned cold fish or meat, bread and cheese and fruit.
- It was light and tasty, but rather deficient in the garlic stakes.
- Prawn risotto with dill and creme fraiche had all the promise of a light but punchy starter.
- It was white, fleshy and not oily, cooked in a light batter and served with a white cream sauce and mushrooms.
- Each doctor that saw her said something different about her diet; food, no food, light diet; no food!
- Adding some light dairy products to a smart diet was first seen as a way to lower blood pressure.
Example sentences1.3 (Military)
- Pale green in the glass, with golden highlights, this is a soft, light wine with attractive floral notes.
- Schiava grapes are found in most of the non-varietal light red wines of Trentino-Alto Adige.
- I took a seat on a high barstool amongst the quiet and serious four and ordered half a pint of light ale for the golden pound I had had in my right pocket.
- Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the beaten egg a little at a time while continuing to work.
- The pastry was crisp and light and the salad was the kind where you wanted to eat every scrap.
- The sticky toffee pudding had a light sponge and moreish caramel sauce, all of which disappeared fast.
- The pace of light infantry is limited to the speed of a soldier on foot.
- Traces of the modus operandi of the light infantry of old still live on amidst special forces such as the SAS.
- Sniper units are similar to the light infantry units but they operate in smaller teams.
- 2 2.1 (Meteorology)(breeze/wind)light rain a light covering of snow
suaveuna fina capa de nieveExample sentences2.2 (sparse) traffic is light at this time
a esta hora hay poco tráficotrading was light (Finance)hubo poca actividad en la Bolsathe losses were fairly lightlas pérdidas fueron de poca consideración or de poca monta2.3 (not strenuous)(work/duties)
- He'd walked her home through the light, early summer rain that was falling on the city.
- We had run into pretty light resistance, and we had pushed out a couple of thousand yards.
- It could carry 118,000 barrels of light oil products such as gasoline and heating oil.
liviano (esp Latin America)Example sentences2.4 (not severe)
- Are they working to review the light sentence that has been handed out?
- But suggest a bit of light housework and he's all feral snarls and pulling rank.
- Sit up, do light housework, or take a walk until your body has had a chance to digest.
- 3 (not serious)(music/comedy/reading)a program of light entertainment
ligeroun programa de variedadesto make light of somethingquitarle or restarle importancia a algoExample sentences
- Anyone seeking a little light reading had better steer clear of this book.
- None of the inherent whimsy is lost and the film remains an incredibly moving but suitably light piece.
- Wavell had, it seems, an interest both in light fiction and serious history.
- One student said something to the effect of ‘everyone calm down’ and then Zack lit into that guy.
- He lit into the head of his National Security Forces.
- The magazine gleefully lit into its competitors in its May 14 issue, but it makes its own share of blunders.
- The sunlight struck upon my face and my eyes lit upon the white and sandy shores of France.
- He turned to go home; but even as he turned, his eye lit upon a figure behind a tree.
- Upon arriving in Sonoma, she lit upon the idea of launching a high-end home store where she could combine both her passions under one roof.
- Janie then lit out of the house with her shotgun, telling Pa she was off to find Lyddie June.
- MacAdams, a white poet and journalist from Texas who lit out for the cool of New York, is part of it too.
- We are a society of people who light out for the territory when problems come along.
- → light on
mandarse a cambiar (Andes) or (River Plate area) a mudar [colloquial]
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