- 1 [uncountable] the energy from the sun, a lamp, etc. that makes it possible to see things bright/dim light a room with good natural light in the fading light of a summer’s evening The light was beginning to fail (= it was beginning to get dark). She could just see by the light of the candle. Bring it into the light so I can see it. a beam/ray of light The knife gleamed as it caught the light (= as the light shone on it). see also first light See related entries: Energy and physical forces
- 2 [countable] a particular type of light with its own colour and qualities A cold grey light crept under the curtains. see also Northern Lights lamp
- 3 [countable] a thing that produces light, especially an electric light to turn/switch the lights on/off to turn out the light(s) Suddenly all the lights went out. It was an hour before the lights came on again. to turn down/dim the lights A light was still burning in the bedroom. ceiling/wall lights Keep going—the lights (= traffic lights) are green. Check your car before you drive to make sure that your lights are working. see also brake light, green light, headlight, leading light, red light for cigarette
- 4 [singular] a match or device with which you can light a cigarette (British English) Have you got a light? (North American English, British English) Do you have a light? expression in eyes
- 5[singular] an expression in somebody’s eyes which shows what they are thinking or feeling There was a soft light in her eyes as she looked at him. in picture
- 6[uncountable] light colours in a picture, which contrast with darker ones the artist’s use of light and shade window
- 7[countable] (architecture) a window or an opening to allow light in leaded lights Which Word?light / lighting The noun light has several different meanings and is used in many phrases. Lighting can only be used to talk about the type of light in a place or how lights are used to achieve a particular effect:the lighting system the movie’s interesting lighting effects The lighting at the disco was fantastic. see also skylight Word Originnoun , Old English lēoht, līht (noun and adjective), līhtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch licht and German Licht, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leukos
- 1(of a person) to be pleasant, friendly and polite I can’t complain—he’s been all sweetness and light with me.
- 2(of a situation) to be enjoyable and easy to deal with It’s not all sweetness and light being an actor.
- 1to finally understand or accept something, especially something obvious He thinks she’s wonderful but he’ll soon see the light! (= realize that she’s not)
- 2to begin to believe in a religion
after considering something He rewrote the book in the light of further research. something that shows you are nearly at the end of a long and difficult time or situation somebody suddenly understood or began to understand something I puzzled over the problem for ages before the light suddenly dawned. the person somebody loves more than any other (saying, humorous) used to describe somebody who is stupid, not thinking clearly or not paying attention
(informal) to fail to stop at a red traffic light