Lightful

Definitions

  • Apparatus for Striking a Light
    Apparatus for Striking a Light
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lightful līt"fụl Full of light; bright. "Lightful presence."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"She was just high enough, and could light the lamps." "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
Reginald working on his slate by the light of a candle Reginald working on his slate by the light of a candle
She a-offerin' to light up the world, if she only had a place to stand up on She a-offerin' to light up the world, if she only had a place to stand up on
Both brass and pottery candlesticks have been found. The candle was the standard lighting device during the 17th century Both brass and pottery candlesticks have been found. The candle was the standard lighting device during the 17th century
Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s foot,” was used for setting the string of a light hunting crossbow. It was found 4 miles from Jamestown. showing the use of a “goat’s foot” from _Weapons, A Pictorial History_ by Edwin Tunis Archeological explorations revealed that the colonists enjoyed archery. The iron lever shown, known as a “goat’s...
The peris, who resemble angels, appear in a blaze of light The peris, who resemble angels, appear in a blaze of light
The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light
"AFOOT AND LIGHT-HEARTED." "AFOOT AND LIGHT-HEARTED."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The projection light used for IMAX theaters can be seen from space.
    • lightful Full of light; bright.
    • lightful Light; cheerful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bees can see ultraviolet light.
    • Lightful (rare) cheery, happy
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Light is the symbol of truth.”
  • R. Turnbull
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    “Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict is often the strongest and the best.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
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    “I think no woman I have had ever gave me so sweet a moment, or at so light a price, as the moment I owe to a newly heard musical phrase.”
  • John Gay
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    “Shadow owes its birth to light.”
  • Walt Whitman
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    “Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Don't be too optimistic. The light at the end of the tunnel may be another train.”

Idioms

A light purse is a heavy curse - Life is difficult when you don't have much money.
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Cold light of day - If you see things in the cold light of day, you see them as they really are, not as you might want them to be.
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Get the green light - If you get the green light to do something, you are given the necessary permission, authorisation.
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Green light - If you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something.
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In light of - 'In light of' is similar to 'due to'.
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Many hands make light work - This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.
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More heat than light - If a discussion generates more heat than light, it doesn't provide answers, but does make people angry.
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Out like a light - If you are out like a light, you fall fast asleep.
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Red light district - The red light district is the area of a town or city where there is prostitution, sex shops, etc.
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See the light - When someone sees the light, they realise the truth.
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Shed light - If you shed light on something, you make it clearer and easier to understand.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. leicht, Ice. léttr; L. lĕvis.

Usage

In literature:

But it puts everything in a new light, everything.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
It was a friendly light, more friendly than the light of the stars to him.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
A "light-year" is the distance that light, travelling at the rate of 186,000 miles per second, would cover in one year.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Suddenly they saw a great spot of light, a spot that spread with startling rapidity, a patch of light that ran, and moved.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
Round the minarets thousands of lamps are lighted, and between the towers the sacred names hang in flaming lights.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
We caught a glimpse of its interior, a gaily set table with a bank of colored lights over it.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
The light of reason and philosophy seemed to him to shine in her eyes.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
With a specific gravity of 103.5, light-metal was certainly not a light metal!
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
The light of the sun was obscured by the wide roof of smoke, but beneath there was the lurid light of the fire.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
A hollow light lingered in the sky, an echo of light.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
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In poetry:

Mount, my soul, and sing at the height
Of thy clear flight in the light and the air,
Heard or unheard in the night in the light
Sing there! Sing there!
"Ecstasy" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Light of the world! forever, ever shining,
There is no change in Thee;
True Light of life, all joy and health enshrining,
Thou canst not fade nor flee.
"Light of the World! Forever, Ever Shining" by Horatius Bonar
"There all chains are undone;
Day there seems but as night;
Spirit and sense are as one
In the light not of star nor of sun;
Liberty there is the light.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And lovelier, the eye
Where light from darkness shines unfathomably,
Light secret, clear, shallow, profound, known, strange,
Constant alone in change:--
"Comfortable Light" by John Freeman
Then there fell a light on field and hill;
But that light has lost its glow,
Yet my heart at times feels its sweetness still,
As I feel the sunlight now;
"The Wind Blows Soft" by Alexander Anderson
He is the Living Light,
Shining in sin's dark night:
His love can ne'er decay,
His light can ne'er grow dim,
My soul, turn not away,
Abide, abide in Him.
"Abide In Him, Abide" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

Picture gallery of the Holiday Electric Light Parade in downtown Ogden and the tree-lighting ceremony at Christmas Village.
There is a fluorescent light in Amy's closet and one in the kitchen that the light bulbs had begun to flicker.
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The race was followed by two members of The Rockets kicking off the lighting of the trees in Sugden Plaza with pink lights.
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In science:

Lamport takes his cue from the theory of special relativity, where the bounded expansion of light through space and time marks the limits of causal affectability: nothing can travel faster than light, and so causal influence too must be limited by the speed of light.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Students start to learn the concept of light-year (distance travelled by light during a year) and light-day, the distance travelled by light during a day, as most appropriate units to measure cosmic distances.
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Furthermore, there will be no more than two light paths from h because of h has at least three light paths to v , those three light paths would form an intersecting pair of cycles, which by the lemma, is forbidden whp.
The Cover Time of Random Walks on Graphs
This close-up of the B, V and R-band light curves of Figure 6 around maximum brightness shows that the colors of the model light curves (solid lines) reproduce the (observational) MLCS light curves (crosses) reasonably well.
Radiation Energy-Balance Method for Calculating the Time Evolution of Type Ia Supernovae During the Post-Explosion Phase
In 1801, Thomas Young performed an experiment with light where a beam of light was passed through two parallel slits in an opaque screen and formed a pattern of alternating light and dark bands on a screen beyond this we know as interference - a phenomenon which is associated with waves.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter
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