• Apparatus for Striking a Light
    Apparatus for Striking a Light
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv lightly with indifference or without dejection "he took it lightly"
    • adv lightly indulging with temperance "we eat lightly in the morning"
    • adv lightly to a slight degree "her speech is only lightly accented"
    • adv lightly with little weight or force "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
    • adv lightly with few burdens "experienced travellers travel light"
    • adv lightly in a small quantity or extent "spread the margarine thinly over the meat","apply paint lightly"
    • adv lightly without good reason "one cannot say such things lightly"
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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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bees can see ultraviolet light.
    • Lightly Commonly; usually. "The great thieves of a state are lightly the officers of the crown."
    • Lightly In a small degree; slightly; not severely. "At the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun . . . and afterward did more grievously afflict her."
    • Lightly Not chastely; wantonly.
    • Lightly Swiftly; nimbly; with agility. "So mikle was that barge, it might not lightly sail.""Watch what thou seest and lightly bring me word."
    • Lightly With little effort or difficulty; easily; readily. "That lightly come, shall lightly go.""They come lightly by the malt, and need not spare it."
    • Lightly With little weight; with little force; as, to tread lightly; to press lightly. "Yet shall thy grave with rising flowers be drest,
      And the green turf lie lightly on thy breast."
      "Him thus intent Ithuriel with his spear
      Touched lightly ."
    • Lightly Without deep impression. "The soft ideas of the cheerful note, Lightly received, were easily forgot."
    • Lightly Without dejection; cheerfully. "Seeming to bear it lightly ."
    • Lightly Without heed or care; with levity; gayly; airily. "Matrimony . . . is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly , or wantonly."
    • Lightly Without reason, or for reasons of little weight. "Flatter not the rich, neither do thou willingly or lightly appear before great personages."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Light travels at the rate of 186,200 miles a second.
    • lightly Not heavily; with little weight or force; not oppressively or severely: as, to tread lightly; to punish lightly; his cares sit lightly upon him.
    • lightly With little effort; without difficulty; easily.
    • lightly Without good reason; upon slight grounds; readily.
    • lightly With little regard; slightingly; indifferently.
    • lightly Parsimoniously; niggardly.
    • lightly Without deliberation; heedlessly; inconsiderately.
    • lightly In a light-hearted manner; cheerfully; cheerily; airily; with levity.
    • lightly With agility; nimbly; quickly.
    • lightly Commonly; usually.
    • lightly To make light of; slight; disparage. Also lichtly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, Americans spend about 6 months of their lives waiting at red traffic lights.
    • advs Lightly (Shak.) commonly, usually
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  • Peace Pilgrim
    “We have all the light we need, we just need to put it in practice.”
  • Viktor E. Frankl
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “What is to give light must endure the burning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who knows the darkness shall learn to live in the light.”
  • Henry Vaughan
    Henry Vaughan
    “They are all gone into the world of light, and I alone sit lingering here.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I've always though that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.”


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


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


In literature:

Any material like flour, sugar, salt, that has been packed, should either be sifted or stirred up lightly before measuring.
"Science in the Kitchen." by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
The bright light shone down upon a motley, dark-garbed mass, moving slowly.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
It was not many hours until day and Old Jack was a light sleeper.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Mr. Austin had lighted a candle.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Turnip likes a light soil, but does not well endure the occasional dryness to which light soils are subject.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
He saw Christ in light, Buddha in light.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The animals which supply our meats likewise depend upon the sun for light and warmth.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
In him is light, and the light is the LIFE of men.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Drain and then place on a baking dish and spread lightly with bacon or ham fat and dust lightly with flour.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The equipment of the present stage consists of footlights, side-lights, border-lights, flood-lights, spot-lights, and much special apparatus.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh

In poetry:

The shore-lark soars to his topmost flight,
Sings at the height where morning springs,
What though his voice be lost in the light,
The light comes dropping from his wings.
"Ecstasy" by Duncan Campbell Scott
A light moves on the north sky line;
where the young boys prod stones for shrimp.
In seventeen hundred came Tsing to these hill lakes.
A light moves on the South sky line.
"Canto XLIX: For the Seven Lakes" by Ezra Pound
Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the farmer in the night,
and makes his heart beat high with delight
As he views his crops by the light in the night.
"The Moon" by William Topaz McGonagall
Why , of why, are the deeds we dream
Dead, ere the dead from the dream may rise?
And why do the lights in the distance gleam
And the near lights fade from our anxious eyes?
"Unrest" by Robert Steel Byrnes
And thus till the sound of the vesper bell
Comes stealing o'er Ottawa's dusky stream,
And the ancient light-house we know so well
Lights up the tide with its friendly gleam.
"Autumn Days" by William Henry Drummond
Oh! light and false is a young man's kiss,
And a foolish girl gives her soul for this.
Oh! light and short is the young man's blame,
And a helpless girl has the grief and shame.
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham

In news:

1/2 cup lightly toasted sliced natural almonds or lightly toasted pine nuts.
Rather than a heavy, fried falafel, here's an updated version of this pocket sandwich: a light chickpea patty served in a whole-wheat pita with a flavorful but light tahini sauce.
Look up "transparent" in the dictionary, and it always comes back to light — admitting the passage of light, permitting light to pass through, etc.
A crowd watches a fireworks display during the City Lights "Holiday Festival" tree lighting ceremony at the Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas, Saturday, November 17, 2012.
In 2004, we opened a new light rail vehicle maintenance facility equipped with a network of 16 track switches and colored light signals.
The DOE will invest $33.5 million in solid-state lighting projects as follows: DOE Solid-State Lighting US Manufacturing, $22 million, and DOE Solid-State Lighting Product Development, $11.5 million.
The substances convert the UV light into long-wave visible light.
As a result of 9/11, city and governmental agencies are beginning to require luminescent products to provide visibility for doors, door hardware, signage and stairwell markings in low light, no light or smoky conditions.
The Mixing Bowl offers light lunches and early dinners in a open, well-lighted space in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.
Besa Lighting, designer and manufacturer of decorative glass lighting solutions, has introduced a low-voltage Monorail Family of products, including pendants and spotlight elements.
A 2010 light installation entitled 'Speed of Light' in London.
Seven finalists will be chosen to blog about their outdoor adventure on the Light My Fire Adventure blog and will receive a gift package of Light My Fire products.
The downtown lights can't exactly be called Christmas lights anymore.
Lighting sales representative, is establishing his own sales agency , All The Best Lighting & Interiors.
The newest software from Strand Lighting offers a completely new look and feel for the Light Palette and Palette lighting control consoles, and is available now.

In science:

The masses vanish at the same rate as p approaches its light-like limiting value. (In the coordinate representation this corresponds to the light-cone limit .) Note how p tends to a vector that is light-like but non-zero component-wise.
Theory of asymptotic operation. A summary of basic principles
The light front form (LFF) formulation1 of field theories is given in terms of the evolution parameter x+ , the light front ”time”, and the ”volume” coordinates x = (x− , x⊥ ), which label the light front ”space”.
Consistent Perturbative Light Front Formulation of Yang-Mills Theories
In conclusion, we can say that the light front form perturbative approach in the light cone gauge A− = 0 is still unclear, whereas the LFF perturbative approach in the anti light cone gauge A+ = 0 is fully consistent.
Consistent Perturbative Light Front Formulation of Yang-Mills Theories
Once a completely consistent light front form formulation has been reached, we can turn now to attack non-perturbative LFF open issues such as, e.g., the light front vacuum structure of gauge theories and the discretized light front quantization.
Consistent Perturbative Light Front Formulation of Yang-Mills Theories
Distance measures relate an emission event and an observation event on two separate geodesic lines which fall on a common light cone, either the forward light cone of the source or the backward light cone of the observer.
Weak Gravitational Lensing