lightness

Definitions

  • Apparatus for Striking a Light
    Apparatus for Striking a Light
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lightness the trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
    • n lightness the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures "he could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
    • n lightness having a light color
    • n lightness the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
    • n lightness the property of being comparatively small in weight "the lightness of balsa wood"
    • n lightness a feeling of joy and pride
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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."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some people start to sneeze if they are exposed to sunlight or have a light shined into their eye
    • Lightness Absence of depth or of duskiness in color; as, the lightness of a tint; lightness of complexion.
    • Lightness Illumination, or degree of illumination; as, the lightness of a room.
    • n Lightness The state, condition, or quality, of being light or not heavy; buoyancy; levity; fickleness; nimbleness; delicacy; grace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The lights of Las Vegas at night can be seen from outer space.
    • n lightness The state or quality of being light or bright.
    • n lightness The state or quality of being light in weight; lack of heaviness or gravity: as, the lightness of a burden; the lightness of cork or of hydrogen.
    • n lightness In cookery, sponginess; the state of being well raised; freedom from sogginess.
    • n lightness Freedom from heaviness or clumsiness in act or execution; dexterity; nimbleness; agility: as, lightness of touch in painting or music; lightness of foot in running or dancing.
    • n lightness Inconstancy; unsteadiness; fickleness.
    • n lightness Levity; wantonness; unchastity.
    • n lightness Light-headedness.
    • n lightness Synonyms Briskness, sprightliness, ease, facility, swiftness.
    • n lightness Volatility, Frivolity, etc. (see levity), instability, giddiness, airiness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can see stars from the bottom of a well even in day light.
    • Lightness (Shak.) light-headedness
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
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    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
  • David Hare
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    “Children always turn to the light.”
  • Doug Horton
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    “Seeing the light is a choice, not seeing the light is no choice.”
  • John Ruskin
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    “Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.”
  • Confucius
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    “It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Where there is much light, the shadow is deep.”

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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Light not heavy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. leicht, Ice. léttr; L. lĕvis.

Usage

In literature:

Flour your dishes, lay the paste lightly on them, notch the edges, and bake it a light brown.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
The freshest of them were light, as if made by buggies.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Once, I glanced behind, and saw the earth, a small crescent of blue light, receding away to my left.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
There was light green matting on the floor and there were also light green cushions in each of the long wicker chairs.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Beat the mixture until light, and just before pouring it over the fish, stir in lightly the frothed white of a raw egg.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
It's as light as light.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The smile softened her firm lips and lighted her eyes.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
The parts of an object reflecting the most direct light are called the high lights.
"The Practice and Science Of Drawing" by Harold Speed
The cave is lighted up with three or four small blubber lamps, which give a soft yellow light.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Cities are the best lighted portions of the world; and perhaps the Lord meant, 'You are a live city, therefore light up your city.
"Hope of the Gospel" by George MacDonald
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In poetry:

God grant the Welsh sufficient light to know,
And serve him, whilst they sojourn here below —
God grant this Candle, as it was design'd
May give unerring light e'en to the blind!
"An Epistle To The Reader" by Rees Prichard
"Alas! What need have Love and I of light?
My heart holds darkness that no torch can find.
Alas ! What need have Love and I of light?
What torch can show the way when Love is blind?"
"In Sorrow's House" by Ethel Clifford
Come, lightly, lightly, lightly, oh!
Press me softly as we go,
Playfully skipping to and fro,
As round, and round we reel and go,
Gliding softly, sweetly so,
On the nimble, nimble toe.
"Ella's Dance" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
So 'in Thee' we shall be strong,
Seem the labour light or long;
And, though clouds of self and sin
Darken round us and within,
So not dimly shall we see
Light to lighten all 'in Thee.'
"In Thee. A Hymn For Church-Workers. Dedicated To The 'Church Society' Of St. Paul's, Haggerston" by Samuel John Stone
Lord! we do not ask to gaze
On our dim and earthly sun;
But the light that still shall blaze
When every star its course hath run;
The glory of thy blest abode,
The uncreated light of God.
"Lord! we sit and cry to Thee," by Henry Hart Milman
How brilliant and mirthful the light of her eye,
Like a star glancing out from the blue of the sky!
And lightly and freely her dark tresses play
O'er a brow and a bosom as lovely as they!
"The Yankee Girl" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Three years ago, researchers created a light pulse that appeared to defy nature's fundamental speed limit—it traveled faster than the speed of light in a vacuum.
Lighting store owner Larry Birnbaum shows off his collection of antique and modern lighting.
While Kermit and pals are playing the music and lighting the lights over at the multiplex this Thanksgiving weekend, there's another Muppet movie making a bow.
Cameras in Minnesota caught the light show known as the aurora borealis as shimmering lights danced in the sky.
That's the light emitted from the screens of electronic devices and new energy-efficient light bulbs.
Astronomer Bob King on spotting northern lights, Zodiacal light, comets, and more this fall.
More specifically, they will see lights underneath the dark and somewhat spooky underpass that has been without functioning lights for as long as anybody at City Hall can remember.
Design Partners Inc, the Hollywood-based partnership of lighting designers, steps forward to offer the industry the next level of lighting design technology.
Some of the tree's lights weren't working, which the families hoped would be fixed by its official lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 1.
Further information about White Light can be found at the White Light website, www. whitelight .ltd.uk.
The New Year has brought new names and new roles for familiar faces at the UK-based lighting supplier White Light .
In the last 2 years, a new light source has finally become commercially available that uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the white light source.
These LED light sources have been around for 20 years in very low power forms, which were not suitable, or bright enough, for inspection and task lighting.
The New Year has brought new names and new roles for familiar faces at the UK-based lighting supplier White Light.
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In science:

This difference lies in its behaviour on the light cone. G2 (x2 , x1 ) oscillates strongly on the light cone in contrast to the propagator of the linear theory which has a δ -like singularity.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
The radiative transfer equation is a Boltzmann type equation which describes the transport of light in multiple light scattering [9,10].
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
The intensity of the scattered light, in single scattering, is characterized by the phase function which is also the essential ingredient for the transport theory of light.
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
The phase function introduced above can be used to describe not only the single scattering of light by independently scattering particles but also light scattering by a large collection of such particles in the regime of multiple light scattering.
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
For example, in the inverted light experiments, Stratton used a device that allowed for incoming light to only one eye while the other eye was covered. Ewert(cid:213)s device was lightweight but allowed for a limited visual field.
Combining Research Methods and Results from Psychology and Physics in the Investigation of Quantum Mechanics
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