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And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.
Bill Brandt

Meaning of "light" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LIGHT

Old English lēoht; related to Old High German lioht, Gothic liuhath, Latin lux.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LIGHT

light  [laɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LIGHT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Light is a verb and can also act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb light in English.

WHAT DOES LIGHT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

light

Light

Light is radiant energy, usually referring to electromagnetic radiation that is visible to the human eye, and is responsible for the sense of sight. Visible light is usually defined as having a wavelength in the range of 400 nanometres, or 400×10−9 m, to 700 nanometres – between the infrared, with longer wavelengths and the ultraviolet, with shorter wavelengths. These numbers do not represent the absolute limits of human vision, but the approximate range within which most people can see reasonably well under most circumstances. Various sources define visible light as narrowly as 420 to 680 to as broadly as 380 to 800 nm. Under ideal laboratory conditions, people can see infrared up to at least 1050 nm, children and young adults ultraviolet down to about 310 to 313 nm. Primary properties of visible light are intensity, propagation direction, frequency or wavelength spectrum, and polarisation, while its speed in a vacuum, 299,792,458 meters per second, is one of the fundamental constants of nature. Visible light, as with all types of electromagnetic radiation, is experimentally found to always move at this speed in vacuum.

Definition of light in the English dictionary

The first definition of light in the dictionary is the medium of illumination that makes sight possible. Other definition of light is Also called: visible radiation. electromagnetic radiation that is capable of causing a visual sensation and has wavelengths from about 380 to about 780 nanometres. Light is also electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength outside this range, esp ultraviolet radiation.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO LIGHT

PRESENT

Present
I light
you light
he/she/it lights
we light
you light
they light
Present continuous
I am lighting
you are lighting
he/she/it is lighting
we are lighting
you are lighting
they are lighting
Present perfect
I have lighted
you have lighted
he/she/it has lighted
we have lighted
you have lighted
they have lighted
Present perfect continuous
I have been lighting
you have been lighting
he/she/it has been lighting
we have been lighting
you have been lighting
they have been lighting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I lighted
you lighted
he/she/it lighted
we lighted
you lighted
they lighted
Past continuous
I was lighting
you were lighting
he/she/it was lighting
we were lighting
you were lighting
they were lighting
Past perfect
I had lighted
you had lighted
he/she/it had lighted
we had lighted
you had lighted
they had lighted
Past perfect continuous
I had been lighting
you had been lighting
he/she/it had been lighting
we had been lighting
you had been lighting
they had been lighting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will light
you will light
he/she/it will light
we will light
you will light
they will light
Future continuous
I will be lighting
you will be lighting
he/she/it will be lighting
we will be lighting
you will be lighting
they will be lighting
Future perfect
I will have lighted
you will have lighted
he/she/it will have lighted
we will have lighted
you will have lighted
they will have lighted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been lighting
you will have been lighting
he/she/it will have been lighting
we will have been lighting
you will have been lighting
they will have been lighting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would light
you would light
he/she/it would light
we would light
you would light
they would light
Conditional continuous
I would be lighting
you would be lighting
he/she/it would be lighting
we would be lighting
you would be lighting
they would be lighting
Conditional perfect
I would have light
you would have light
he/she/it would have light
we would have light
you would have light
they would have light
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been lighting
you would have been lighting
he/she/it would have been lighting
we would have been lighting
you would have been lighting
they would have been lighting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you light
we let´s light
you light
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to light
Past participle
lighted
Present Participle
lighting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LIGHT


bright
braɪt
cite
saɪt
copyright
ˈkɒpɪˌraɪt
despite
dɪˈspaɪt
fight
faɪt
flight
flaɪt
height
haɪt
invite
ɪnˈvaɪt
knight
naɪt
lite
laɪt
might
maɪt
night
naɪt
overnight
ˌəʊvəˈnaɪt
quite
kwaɪt
right
raɪt
satellite
ˈsætəˌlaɪt
site
saɪt
spotlight
ˈspɒtˌlaɪt
tight
taɪt
tonight
təˈnaɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LIGHT

ligging
light air
light aircraft
light ale
light at the end of the tunnel
light beer
light box
light breeze
light bulb
light bulb moment
light cannon
light comedy
light cream
light effects
light engine
light entertainment
light face
light fitting
light flyweight
light heavyweight

WORDS THAT END LIKE LIGHT

all right
all-right
alright
come to light
delight
eight
freight
highlight
hindsight
insight
lightweight
midnight
outright
sight
slight
straight
the right
twilight
weight
wright

Synonyms and antonyms of light in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LIGHT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «light» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of light
agile · aglow · airy · amusing · angle · animated · approach · aspect · attitude · awareness · beacon · blaze · bleached · blithe · blond · blonde · bright · brighten · brightness · brilliance · brilliant · bulb · buoyant · candle · carefree · cheerful · cheery · clarify · cockcrow · comprehension · context · crumbly · cushy · dawn · daybreak · daylight · daytime · deft · delicate · digestible · diverting · dizzy · easy · effortless · effulgence · elucidation · enlightenment · entertaining · explanation · faded · faint · fair · fire · flame · flare · flimsy · floodlight · friable · frivolous · frugal · funny · gay · gentle · giddy · glare · gleam · glint · glow · glowing · graceful · happy · humorous · ignite · illuminate · illuminated · illumination · illumine · illustration · incandescence · inconsequential · inconsiderable · indistinct · inflame · information · insight · insignificant · insubstantial · interpretation · irradiate · kindle · knowledge · lambency · lamp · lantern · light up · light-coloured · light-footed · light-headed · light-hearted · lighten · lighter · lighthouse · lightsome · lightweight · limber · lissom · lithe · lively · loose · luminescence · luminosity · luminous · lustre · lustrous · manageable · match · merry · mild · minute · moderate · modest · morn · morning · nimble · pale · pastel · petty · phosphorescence · pleasing · point of view · porous · portable · put on · radiance · refulgence · restricted · sandy · scintillation · shining · simple · slant · slight · small · soft · spark · sparkle · spongy · sprightly · standpoint · sun · sunbeam · sunlight · sunny · sunrise · sunshine · superficial · switch on · sylphlike · taper · thin · tiny · torch · touch off · transportable · trifling · trivial · turn on · undemanding · understanding · underweight · unexacting · unserious · unsteady · unsubstantial · untroubled · vantage point · viewpoint · volatile · weak · whitish · witty

Translation of «light» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LIGHT

Find out the translation of light to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of light from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «light» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

轻的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ligero
570 millions of speakers

English

light
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

प्रकाश
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

خَفِيفٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

легкий
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

leve
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আলো
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

léger
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Cahaya
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

leicht
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

軽い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

가벼운
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Cahya
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhẹ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒளி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रकाश
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

ışık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

leggero
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

lekki
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

легкий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ușor
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ελαφρύς
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lätt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

lett
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of light

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LIGHT»

The term «light» is very widely used and occupies the 863 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of light
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LIGHT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «light» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «light» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about light

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10 QUOTES WITH «LIGHT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word light.
1
Yehuda Amichai
I think the end is endless. It's either a big black hole or a big white light or both together. But it's totally meaningless, because even if someone would explain it, I wouldn't understand it.
2
Morena Baccarin
I've love to do more movies. Just because I'm interested in the medium very much. I've done a lot of theatre at this point, and I've done a lot of TV. I've done a few independent films, but a lot of them have not seen the light of day. It'd be really nice to be in a film that gets out there.
3
John Badham
In this movie they took them up in space. They're floating around and doing zero gravity stuff. Well, they had to do it all on wires. All the wires had to be painted black against this black background. If you didn't light it properly you could see the wires. Drove them crazy!
4
Nick Bantock
Growing up in England, people told you why you couldn't do things. Suddenly, I had a publisher banging on my door, and was given the creative green light to simply make.
5
Charles Barkley
Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.
6
Stan Brakhage
How many colours are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of 'green'? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye?
7
Bill Brandt
And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment.
8
Conrad Burns
I come from Montana, and in eastern Montana we have a lot of dirt between light bulbs. It is expensive trying to bring the new technologies to smaller schools to upgrade their technologies to take advantage of distance learning.
9
Smedley Butler
I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
10
Nayvadius Cash
The hardest part of fame and success is adapting to the people around you that's changing. It changes the way people look at you from how they used to look at you. They listen to you on the radio, they look at you on TV and when people speak on you in a good light, you have a couple people who hold grudges.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LIGHT»

Discover the use of light in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to light and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
True Light
THE IDEAL, ON, TRUE LIGHT. IMPRESSES UPON THE READER, THE, ALL, ATONED, IMPORTANCE, RESTING, UPON, THE, FORMATTED, NUANCE, APPLICABLE, OF, ORATIONS, IN, GENUINE.
Lark Voorhies, 2011
2
A Certain Slant of Light
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her.
Laura Whitcomb, 2005
3
Light
This is a marvelous book, one of the best paperbacks I have ever encountered.”—New Scientist
Michael I. Sobel, 1989
4
Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings.
James Gurney, 2010
5
Light:
This informative. entertaining guide delves into the subject of Light -- be it natural or artificial -- and how it is being used by architects, interior designers, and lighting designers to revitalize structures.
Carl Gardner, Raphael Molony, 2001
6
Light Construction
The 33 projects illustrated in this book exemplify this emerging sensibility, which is examined in a penetrating essay by Terence Riley, chief curator of the department of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art, that places the ...
Terence Riley, 1995
7
Light-Emitting Diodes
Revised and fully up-dated, the second edition of this graduate textbook offers a comprehensive explanation of the technology and physics of LEDs such as infrared, visible-spectrum, ultraviolet, and white LEDs made from III-V semiconductors ...
E. Fred Schubert, 2006
8
Clear Light of Day
The classic novel by the author of Diamond Dust evokes the traumatic history of India after the departure of the British in a story of a Hindu family in Old Delhi and the complex relationships that develop among four people. Reprint.
Anita Desai, 1980
9
Light from Light: An Anthology of Christian Mysticism
A completely revised edition of the key spiritual texts from the most significant mystical writers in the Christian tradition, from Origen to Thomas Merton, with revised introductions and bibliographies.
Louis K. Dupré, James A. Wiseman, 2001
10
Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color
Master painter Kevin Macpherson shares his bold, direct approach to capturing nature's glorious colors and luminosity in oils in complete step-by-step demonstrations.
Kevin Macpherson, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LIGHT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term light is used in the context of the following news items.
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A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall - The New York Times
“What gets us excited is, frankly, light is more than you can see.” Photo. Brea Mall features several Sensity smart lights, including high masts in ... «New York Times, Jul 15»
2
Light bulbs becoming smarter, adding smoke detectors, Wi-Fi | The …
In the near future, the light bulbs in your house might do a lot more than ... T hanks to new technologies and market changes, light bulbs are ... «Columbus Dispatch, Jul 15»
3
Trapped light bounces through atomic lattices | News | The Engineer
In 2014, University of California, San Diego, physicist Michael Fogler and colleagues demonstrated that light could be stored within nanoscale ... «The Engineer, Jul 15»
4
Car crash involving red-light-runner injures four in Laval | CTV …
Laval police said that at 10:30 p.m. Sunday a 41-year-old man heading west on St. Martin Blvd. failed to see a red light and drove through the ... «CTV News, Jul 15»
5
Gear: Why settle for ordinary when this night light can illuminate your …
You know how travel tips always suggest taking a night light for your hotel room? Let me suggest the Smile Switch Battery Powered LED ... «Los Angeles Times, Jul 15»
6
Albany starts first red-light cameras - Times Union
Jeff Smith of the Stilsing Company puts the finishing touches on a red-light camera that looks in to the intersection of Quail Street and ... «Albany Times Union, Jul 15»
7
Samsung's Galaxy Tab S2 focuses on thin and light profile …
Samsung Electronics' newest Android tablets might as well be called "the Galaxy Air" series. They are the company's thinnest and lightest yet, ... «Computerworld, Jul 15»
8
Buildings around the world light up for Eid - CNN.com
(CNN) Buildings around the world took on different shades this weekend to commemorate the Muslim holiday of Eid. The Empire State Building ... «CNN, Jul 15»
9
Sydney Light Rail major works will start in Randwick with no bus plan
ROADS will be torn up in Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford to make way for the new light rail before commuters find out how the bus ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
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3 injured after driver runs red light in Fresno County | abc30.com
The California Highway Patrol says a man in a truck ran a red light on Highway 41 at Central Avenue on Sunday. The pickup collided with an ... «ABC30.com, Jul 15»

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