Floating light

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Floating light a light shown at the masthead of a vessel moored over sunken rocks, shoals, etc., to warn mariners of danger; a light-ship; also, a light erected on a buoy or floating stage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Floating light a light displayed at the mast-head of a lightship to show dangers to navigation
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. licht.

Usage

In literature:

They may also be caught with a floating light, in which they will burn their wings and fall into the water.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
Outside of it was the Hasborough floating light, and beyond that another light-vessel.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was floating in a sea of light, and now and then shining little fishes swam inquisitively up to him and stared.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
All the while the spirit-light, floating above the waves, led them on.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
Our own shining globe floats with the others in a sea of light.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Loaded almost to the gunwale was that little canoe, yet lightly did it float down the waters of the Red River of the North.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He felt light, almost floating, as if he were in a low-grav field.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
While they sat the darkness came on, the kerosene lamp inside was lighted, delicious odors floated out to them through the screen door.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It seemed almost light enough to float.
"The Chamber of Life" by Green Peyton Wertenbaker
An hour of day and an hour of night, And the clouds float away in a red-splashed light.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
The gleam of cab lights came floating through the northward shrubbery.
"Found in the Philippines" by Charles King
She was a two-masted steamer and, cut off by the play of reflected light, floated like a mirage between sky and sea.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
The property of floating lightly on the water.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The moon floated high in the heavens and the valley was almost as light as day.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
The wild war strains, floating skyward, seemed part of the changing scheme of light.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
He was smoking a cigar, just lighted; that it was of a fine brand I could tell by the aroma that floated to me.
"Ravensdene Court" by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
A cloud floated over their tops, one of which shot up more lofty than the other, and the sun cast a brilliant light upon them.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
I felt as light as air; I seemed to float through the figure.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
She seemed in her reply to float, lightly and almost gaily above Mrs. Grey, and away from her.
"Amabel Channice" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The gray shadow floated into the candle-light, which waved and quivered a little as the still air was disturbed.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
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In poetry:

Paracelsus.
Yes, yes. And Michal's face
Still wears that quiet and peculiar light
Like the dim circlet floating round a pearl?
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
My student-lamp is lighted,
The books and papers are spread;
A sound comes floating upwards,
Chasing the thoughts from my head.
"The Piano-Organ" by Amy Levy
Love floated on the mists of morn
And rested on the sunset’s rays;
He calmed the thunder of the storm
And lighted all my ways.
"The Passing of Love" by Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
But lightly as the sea-bird swings
She floats the depths above,
A breath of flame to lend her wings,
Her freight a people's love!
"America To Russia" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh, my hazel-eyed mother,
I do not remember what you said to me,
But the light floating above you
Was your love for your little girl.
"Oh, My Hazel-Eyed Mother" by Hilda Conkling
That all charmed we may be floating
While moon's kindly light surrounds
Us, winds cause the reeds to rustle
And the waving water sounds.
"The Lake" by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

Playing around with the Floating Disk Assay —Light Response Curves.
I'd love to believe that they are windows into an afterlife, where you are bathed in soothing white light and reunited with dead loved ones, and the idea of floating in etherial peace forever "just feels right, man".
INTO THE LIGHT… Squid was floating in the deep, meditating where it's too dark to see much of anything.
A man called England's 999 emergency service number to report an unidentified light floating in the sky.
Who knows what went on in Ms Kawakubo's mind to create the pads , seemingly floating under a light white dress, the mini-pillows padding the hips or the string-of-sausage effects under a skirt.
No floating tea candles or Enya music in this tiny studio in the back of a West Hollywood salon — just a white bed, a fluorescent light and a table where the implements of torture reside.
Boats decorated in holiday lights will be floating down the Potomac River during the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.
Sponge cake s may not have the same celestial moniker, but they are kissin' cousins to angel cakes and they float nearly as high and light.
They create four primary effects – noise, smoke, light and floating materials such as confetti.
I'd love to believe that they are windows into an afterlife , where you are bathed in soothing white light and reunited with dead loved ones, and the idea of floating in etherial peace forever "just feels right, man".
This artist's impression shows the free-floating planet CFBDSIR2149, at 100 light-years away the closest such "rogue" world to our own solar system.
The parade will be filled colorful lights and with decorated floats, plus Santa Claus and Mrs Claus are scheduled to fly into town for the parade too.
Built by Danny McClain and the crew at fire station 3, 'C' shift, this year's float sports a candy cane theme and beams with an array of red, green and white lights.
Floats the centerpiece of Fort Worth's Parade of Lights.
There is a time each year when some groups that submitted float entries for the Chesapeake Energy Parade of Lights enter panic mode.
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