Antonyms for light

Grammar : Adj, noun, verb
Spell : lahyt
Phonetic Transcription : laɪt

Definition of light

Origin :
  • "brightness, radiant energy," Old English leht, earlier leoht "light, daylight; luminous, beautiful," from West Germanic *leukhtam (cf. Old Saxon lioht, Old Frisian liacht, Middle Dutch lucht, Dutch licht, Old High German lioht, German Licht, Gothic liuhaþ "light"), from PIE *leuk- "light, brightness" (cf. Sanskrit rocate "shines;" Armenian lois "light," lusin "moon;" Greek leukos "bright, shining, white;" Latin lucere "to shine," lux "light," lucidus "clear;" Old Church Slavonic luci "light;" Lithuanian laukas "pale;" Welsh llug "gleam, glimmer;" Old Irish loche "lightning," luchair "brightness;" Hittite lukezi "is bright").
  • The -gh- was an Anglo-French scribal attempt to render the Germanic hard -h- sound, which has since disappeared from this word. The figurative spiritual sense was in Old English; the sense of "mental illumination" is first recorded mid-15c. Meaning "something used for igniting" is from 1680s. Meaning "a consideration which puts something in a certain view (e.g. in light of) is from 1680s. Something that's a joy and a delight has been the light of (someone's) eyes since Old English:
  • Ðu eart dohtor min, minra eagna leoht [Juliana].
  • To see the light "come into the world" is from 1680s; later in a Christian sense.
  • adj illuminated
  • adj blond, fair
  • adj not heavy
  • adj small in amount, content
  • adj simple, easy
  • adj funny, cheery
  • noun luminescence from sun or other source
  • noun context, point of view; understanding
  • verb illuminate
  • verb start on fire
  • verb step down; land
Example sentences :
  • Uncle Peter stood in a flood of light at the door of his room.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • A light not of this world is gleaming there; and it has grown brighter and clearer since we parted.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • What if the latter should light on some of his various hiding places for money?
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • She stood by the table, the light from a shaded lamp making her colour glow.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • He said "It is Light" and he used the rays of the early sun to gather food for his family.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.
  • Extract from : « Ancient Man » by Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • We have not had a drop of rain since the light shower on the 4th August.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • To Kate, for instance, she was a necessity of existence, like light or air.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Then the whip was brought into requisition, and it was laid on with no light hand.
  • Extract from : « Harriet, The Moses of Her People » by Sarah H. Bradford
  • The wind was strong from the westward, accompanied with light showers all day.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest

Synonyms for light

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019