• WordNet 3.6
    • adj light-handed having a metaphorically delicate touch "the translation is...light-handed...and generally unobtrusive"- New Yorker"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Light-handed having a metaphorically delicate touch. "the translation is . . . light-handed . . . and generally unobtrusive."
    • Light-handed (Naut) Not having a full complement of men; as, a vessel light-handed .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • light-handed Having light hands; soft, delicate, or dexterous in touch or manipulation.
    • light-handed Having or bringing little in the hands: as, to come home light-handed.
    • light-handed Insufficiently supplied with hands or assistants, as a ship or a factory; short-handed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Light-handed with light or dexterous touch: having little in the hand: empty-handed: insufficiently manned
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  • Ezra Pound
    “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
  • Thomas Vaughan
    Thomas Vaughan
    “Have thy heart in heaven and thy hands upon the earth. Ascend in piety and descend in charity. For this is the Nature of Light and the way of the children.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.”
  • John Heywood
    John Heywood
    “Many hands make light work.”


Many hands make light work - This idiom means that when everyone gets involved in something, the work gets done quickly.


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


In literature:

But, in fact, he took a light in his hand, and opened a bit of the window-shutter.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
She held out her hands to him; and he raised them to his lips and kissed her fingers lightly.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The girl laid her firm, cool little hand lightly on his and let it rest there.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Laying his hand lightly on one of the panels, he glanced back at Ransom.
"The Chief Legatee" by Anna Katharine Green
But his left hand was twitching uneasily at his chin, and in his eyes were the restless lights.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
Round spots of light, dull, greenish, close to the ground, as if someone had flung a handful of phosphorescence into the dark.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Storri, in midswing of all these comforting ruminations, felt a light hand on his arm.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He jumped up and stared hard at the west face of the clock, whose gilt hands were still discernible in the fading light.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
But, as he hesitated, the decision was taken out of his hands, for the light above suddenly became brighter.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
Then suddenly he stooped a little, caught up her hand and brushed it lightly with his lips; the right, ungloved hand.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
The light from an overhead tube was on him: I saw in his hand the cylinder projector of his paralyzing ray.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Suddenly there was a blinding flare of light, and Ross's hands went to cover his dazzled eyes.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Keep close to the wall, and be ready to give me your right hand as soon as the light shines out.
"The Pirate Island" by Harry Collingwood
Light off, cap'n, an' shake hands with my brother Dan'l.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Then, hand in hand and step by step, we went on through the pitchy darkness straight for the light on our right.
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
Her gloved hand rested lightly on his arm, but her face was hidden from him by a red hood.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
I had just reached the little gate when a hand, light as a feather, touched my arm.
"A Master of Mysteries" by L. T. Meade
Her timid hand touched his sleeve, lightly.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
He lighted a match and hollowed his hands over it above the pipe, to keep it from the draught.
"The Coast of Bohemia" by William Dean Howells
Lightly he grasped the handle of the sword with one hand, and it came forth straightway!
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert

In poetry:

Long live the land unto freedom given,
And forever may Liberty stand,
With beacon flame from the throne of heaven,
And a symbol of Light in her hand.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
One red rose you took from my hand—
O the light was sweet that summer day—
One red rose from her queenly band,
That was far too sweet to pine away.
"One Red Nose" by Alexander Anderson
But none came to his side and wept
And caught his hands and cried for light;
None from the circle softly crept,
Half-shamed, with eyes grown gently bright.
"A Preacher" by John Joy Bell
sweating in deep fear, my hands, forehead wet.
Why? Is there a moist star
burning through clouds? Is it
the star of love, with far
light, dim from fear, a steep
"The Last Day Of The Year (New Year's Eve)" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff
I know not what may yet unfold
Beyond the morning's gates of gold.
This is my heaven, Thy hand to hold,
Thy steps to follow through the night, —
My Life, my Light!
"In The Dark" by Lucy Larcom
Thus hand in hand we lightly trod along
This pleasant road with neither curve or bend
When I awoke to find it all a dream
And we had never reached our journey's end.
"My Dream Of Long Ago" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

In news:

LA QUINTA, Calif — Yogi Berra , the host of the 2010 Bob Hope Classic, spent part of Tuesday squinting into television lights, smiling for cameras and shaking hands.
It's a pleasant handful, with a softly rounded, streamlined body and an ultra-light, 100-300 millimeter zoom lens.
Greek actress Maria Nafpliotou lighted the Olympic torch at a hand-over ceremony in Athens on Sunday.
QuiqLite has introduced the Stealth, its newest hands-free concealed light source for your uniform shirt pocket and tactical vest.
Helping Hands of Haiti had each member making a light blanket to be sent to Haiti.
Moderator Bob Schieffer uses light hand .
Rashad Evans raises his hand in victory after defeating Forrest Griffin to win the UFC's light heavyweight title Saturday night at the MGM Grand.
Volunteers will be on hand to light the luminaries .
"Many hands make light work," is a phrase my late mother-in-law used often.
Grasp a light dumbbell in each hand and stand with your back against the wall.
FREETOWN, Sierrra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone carried out a largely peaceful and well-conducted vote despite isolated reports of money changing hands and polling stations marred by bees and lack of light, observers said Monday.
Patrons of the garage will drive in here, get claim checks at the window just within the entrance, leave their cars in the hands of trained attendants and, if they wish, walk through a well- lighted tunnel into the department store.
A flash of light from the deputy's hand appeared to be an attempt to use a taser on the high school junior.
When Front Studio renovated its downtown New York City office, principals Yen Ha, LEED AP, and Michi Yanagishita applied a light but sure hand.
North Carolina once again is loaded with talent and among the top teams in the country, while Mississippi State is lightly regarded, short-handed and breaking in a new coach.

In science:

Light, on the other hand, evolves on lightlike curves xµ (λ), also called ”null curves”, corresponding to the line element ds2 = 0.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
Using a grid allows for a simple and compact visualisation of the search results; it offers a relational overview over the collection at hand, bringing into light major tendencies as well as unexpected phenomenons (regularities, breaks, commonalities or rare events.).
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
The left-hand plot shows the mean pulse size (in arbitrary units) from a typical PMT vs the mean value (in arbitrary units) of the monitor (average over all channels in the camera) for eight light levels.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The right-hand plot shows the variance (σ2 ) of the charge distribution for each light level vs the mean value of the charge distribution for that PMT.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
Photostatistics The right-hand plot in Figure 10 shows the variance of the PMT’s pulse size distribution vs its mean for the different light levels.
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
Right: As in the left-hand plot but made with LED light level 2 (two LEDs flashing simultaneously).
An LED-based Flasher System for VERITAS
The left-handed components of the light generations are almost delocalized, in such a way that we can obtain a light electron (a heavy τ − ) by localizing its right-handed component towards the UV (IR).
The Lepton Sector of a Fourth Generation
UV localization of the left-handed light leptons.
The Lepton Sector of a Fourth Generation
Since the left-handed doublet is embedded in a bi-doublet of SU(2)L×SU(2)R , there are also light charged and exotic KK modes associated to the SU(2)R partners of LL , i.e.: L .
The Lepton Sector of a Fourth Generation
This is also the case for the coupling between the light KK mode e′ the zero-mode right-handed electron eR (++), which couples through the charged right current to its SU (2)R partner ν ′′ R .
The Lepton Sector of a Fourth Generation
We do not need to impose that the bulk masses of the right-handed charged leptons be the same for the light generations.
The Lepton Sector of a Fourth Generation
Let us consider the spin eigenstate |σ+ i, or the right-hand circularly (R-) polarized light, carrying SAM σ+ = 1 per photon (in units of ).
Optical nanoprobing via spin-orbit interaction of light
That is, left/right circularly polarized light over a bandwidth called the Bragg regime is mostly reflected by a sufficiently thick chiral STF that is structurally left/right handed, but right/left circularly polarized light is either transmitted or absorbed.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
The light fermions, on the other hand, get their mass from joining the techniquarks in a multiplet of an extended technicolor (ETC) gauge group, which breaks to the technicolor group at scale ΛET C .
Running coupling and mass anomalous dimension of SU(3) gauge theory with two flavors of symmetric-representation fermions
The observed light yield asymmetry has also been quantified in the simulation with a grid-scan consisting of 4×4 equidistant points (left-hand side detector channel and 10,000 electrons per shot).
Cherenkov Detector Prototype & Testbeam 2009