alight

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj alight lighted up by or as by fire or flame "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning","even the car's tires were aflame","a night aflare with fireworks","candles alight on the tables","houses on fire"
    • v alight come down "the birds alighted"
    • v alight to come to rest, settle "Misfortune lighted upon him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Alight Lighted; lighted up; in a flame. "The lamps were alight ."
    • Alight To come or chance (upon).
    • Alight To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.
    • Alight To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • alight To light; light up; illuminate.
    • alight To set light to; light (a fire, lamp, etc.).
    • alight Provided with light; lighted up; illuminated.
    • alight To make light or less heavy; lighten; alleviate.
    • alight To get down or descend, as from horseback or from a carriage; dismount.
    • alight To settle or lodge after descending: as, a bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.
    • alight To fall (upon); come (upon) accidentally, or without design; light: as, to alight on a particular passage in a book, or on a particular fact; to alight on a rare plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Alight a-līt′ to come down, as from a horse (from): to descend: to land anywhere (upon): to fall upon.
    • adj Alight a-līt′ on fire: lighted up.
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Quotations

  • John Berry
    John Berry
    “The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Nathaniel%20Hawthorne
    “Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. alihten, fr. AS. ālīhtan,; pref. ā-,cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out,) + līhtan, to alight, orig. to render light, to remove a burden from, fr. līht, leoht, light. See Light (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
a, on, and Light. See Light, n.

Usage

In literature:

We must make sure of our man before he has a chance to alight at a way station and elude us.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
The people who alighted from them were all richly-dressed ladies.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He came near them, alighted, and began to hop still closer.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Four times he came up in this way to look about him, and every time alighted thus on the top of a pole.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
This time both alighted; Dubois, thinking the interview might be long, was anxious to find a more comfortable waiting-place than a carriage.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
This sacred fire has been kept alight for thousands of years by the best of mankind.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Then we'll see that nobody alights before we call the police.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
Then I noted that he carried in food, and on coming out he alighted on a dead bush, and sang under his breath.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Presently the bluejay swooped downward and alighted near the top of a tall maple tree that had many thick branches.
"Policeman Bluejay" by L. Frank Baum
The French moreover improved the means of taking off and alighting.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
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In poetry:

All the little homes
And every one alight!
Lord, keep the people happy
That wait in them tonight!
"Travel Prayer" by Margaret Widdemer
Now the moon
has set the sky alight,
come out, Nisetta, oh come out, Nisetta,
on to your balcony, quickly!
"Don Juan's Serenade" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
Now the moon
has set the sky alight,
Come out, Nisetta, oh come out, Nisetta,
on to your balcony, quickly!
"Don Juan's Serenade" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
At last the weary war was done
The tapers were alight,
And with a sigh of victory
She breathed a soft—good-night!
"Smothered Fires" by Georgia Douglas Johnson
And a messenger alighted,
Crying to the crowd, "Make way!
This I bear to Sheriff Packer;
'Tis a pardon for Ruth Blay!"
"Ballad Of Ruth Bay" by Albert Laighton
Now all unwelcome at his gates
The clumsy swains alight,
With rueful faces and bald pates:--
He trembles at the sight.
"The Yearly Distress; Or, Tithing-Time At Stock In Essex" by William Cowper

In news:

Rights groups say a teenage girl has become the eighth Tibetan child to set herself alight to protest Chinese rule over.
Aloft alights downtown, but with a few bumps.
There to greet her at the Amarillo International Airport was a herd of reporters and cameramen, eager to record whatever profundity the Queen of Talk might allow upon alighting in Potter County.
Arcade Fire Set Alight With Video.
This fall a handful of beautiful butterflies will flutter across the bedding landscape, alighting on a new line of latex beds .
Here in Central New York, we've felt the effects of the cutbacks of Sears and, especially, its parent company, Kmart (the two are now known as Sears Holdings Corp.) More news alights.
The Village of Lincoln will be alight with the holiday spirit on Friday with its Festival of Lights , an annual community event to inaugurate the Christmas season.
' Firefly ' feature alights.
NEW YORK CITY Broadway is always alight, but it seems to be glowing with particular brightness right now, due to a dynamite show which has transferred from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the Great White Way.
Historic neon 'Tiger Stadium' sign is alight for first time in years.
Cellist Karl Huros alights a helicopter for his 2007 performance in Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, taken from his opera cycle Light.
Riff 's Alights in New Digs.
A sophisticated Italian restaurant alights on Sellwood's main drag and attracts an unlikely crowd of lively Portland diners.
Wireless Solution Sweden AB recently helped make two of California's fastest growing music festivals stay alight.
Super stogie sets cigar world alight.
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In science:

Since each vertex has exactly m outgoing edges, the latter operation is equivalent to choosing an edge at random from the graph and following it, and hence alights on a target vertex with probability proportional to the in-degree j of that target (because there are j ways to arrive at a vertex of in-degree j—see Sec.
The structure and function of complex networks
Whether or not the firebrand lands alight and starts a spotfire is dependent upon the nature of the firebrand, how it was ignited, its combustion properties (including flaming lifetime) and the ignition properties of the fuel in which it lands (e.g. moisture content, bulk density, etc) (Plucinski, 2003).
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
Inflation in the KKLMMT scenario ends when the D3-brane alights onto the anti-D3 and they start annihilating into closed string modes.
Primordial Fluctuations in String Cosmology
However, if a fly alights off-center on the drum, it will define the two lines of nodes.
Present and Future Aspects of CP Violation
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