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Etymology 1

Old English līhtan (illuminate)

Verb

Infinitive
to light

Third person singular
lights

Simple past
lit or lighted

Past participle
-

Present participle
lighting

to light (third-person singular simple present lights, present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted)
  1. (transitive) To start (a fire).
  2. (transitive) To illuminate.
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Etymology 2

Old English lēoht. Cognate with Dutch licht, German Licht.

Noun

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Singular
light

Plural
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light ({{{1}}})
  1. (uncountable) The natural medium emanating from the sun and other very hot sources (now recognised as electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of 400-750 nm), within which vision is possible.
    As you can see, this spacious dining-room gets a lot of light in the mornings.
  2. A source of illumination.
    Put that light out!
  3. Spiritual or mental illumination; enlightenment, useful information.
    Can you throw any light on this problem?
  4. A notable person within a specific field or discipline.
    Picasso was one of the leading lights of the cubist movement.
  5. A point of view, or aspect from which a concept, person or thing is regarded.
    I'm really seeing you in a different light today.
  6. A flame or something used to create fire.
    Hey, buddy, you got a light?
  7. A window, or space for a window in architecture
    This facade has eight south-facing lights.
  8. The series of squares reserved for the answer to a crossword clue
    The average length of a light on a 15x15 grid is 7 or 8.
  9. (informal) A cross-light in a double acrostic or triple acrostic.
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Adjective

light (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
light

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. having light
  2. pale in colour
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) served with extra milk or cream
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Etymology 3

Old English lēocht. Cognate with Dutch licht, German leicht, Swedish lätt, Norwegian lett.

Adjective

light (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
light

Comparative
er

Superlative
{{{2}}}

  1. Of low weight; not heavy.
    My bag was much lighter once I had dropped off the books.
  2. Lightly-built; designed for speed or small loads.
    We took a light aircraft down to the city.
  3. Gentle; having little force or momentum.
    This artist clearly had a light, flowing touch.
  4. Low in fat, calories, alcohol, salt, etc.
    This light beer still gets you drunk if you have enough of it.
  5. Unimportant, trivial, having little value or significance.
    I made some light comment, and we moved on.
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Adverb

light (comparative lighter, superlative lightest)

Positive
light

Comparative
lighter

Superlative
lightest

  1. Carrying little.
    I prefer to travel light.

Noun

Singular
light

Plural
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light ({{{1}}})
  1. (curling) A stone that is not thrown hard enough.

Verb

Infinitive
to light

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to light (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (nautical) To unload a ship, or to jettison material to make it lighter
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Etymology 4

Old English līhtan

Verb

Infinitive
to light

Third person singular
lights

Simple past
lit or lighted

Past participle
-

Present participle
lighting

to light (third-person singular simple present lights, present participle lighting, simple past and past participle lit or lighted)
  1. To find by chance.
    I lit upon a rare book in a second-hand bookseller's.
  2. (archaic) To alight.
    She fell out of the window but luckily lit on her feet.
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