shaft of light

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shaft of light a column of light (as from a beacon)
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Usage

In literature:

It leaned against the shaft of the light, with both hands before the face.
"Mugby Junction" by Charles Dickens
The operation light came on and the thin shaft of the analyzer probe slid down.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Our talk brought Nancy to the door, where she stood in a shaft of light looking down at us.
"Nancy Stair" by Elinor Macartney Lane
A shaft of light struck out her figure boldly.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
He hung grimly to the wheel, his strained gaze fixed on the shaft of light ahead, through which the road streamed like a torrent.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
At the shaft's entrance a sharp spot of dazzling light sprang into being.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The shaft of light looked like a solid bar of gold.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The moon reached her window and sent in a long shaft of light.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
A shaft of light, extending from horizon to horizon, paralyzed their vision.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
He could see a shaft of light under the door.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The shafts of light paled at the end of the short day.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The nursery door was not shut, and a shaft of light shone through it into the dark hall.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
A shaft of pale light came down, reflected from the great sail surface overhead.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
But no shafts of light leaped from the lenses.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Like a shaft of light piercing the darkness a whistle sounded, mellowed by distance.
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
It was a day of mist and low clouds, and a weakly sun breaking through in long slanting shafts of light.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
He had been anticipating a period of lonesomeness and this unexpected news came like a bright shaft of light into the darkness.
"The Coming of the Law" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The shaft of the knife flickered wickedly in the light.
"Conquest Over Time" by Michael Shaara
C, is a Horizontal Circular Plate of light material attached to the shaft.
"The Introduction of Self-Registering Meteorological Instruments" by Robert P. Multhauf
At the rear of the building a broad shaft of light swept out across the hill.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
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In poetry:

The dawn is sprinkling in the east
Its golden shower, as day flows in;
Fast mount the pointed shafts of light:
Farewell to darkness and to sin!
"The Dawn Is Sprinkling In the East" by Augusta Treverorum
To stop the shafts of light. Upon his lips
There lay
The tremulous feelings, as when sunshine dips
Within the stream that smiles and slips away.
"The Veiled Memnon" by Alexander Anderson
Smit with sting of his archery,
Hardest ashes and oaks
Burn at the root below:
Primrose, violet, daffodil,
Start like blood where the shafts
Light from his golden bow.
"The Invasion" by Sir Henry Newbolt
So, nine-tenths asleep, motionless, bored, and statically
angry.
He saw in a shaft of light a lamb on a pinnacle, balancing a
flag on its paw.
And he was thoroughly startled.
"St. Mark" by D H Lawrence
Not without companions we;
Here and there gleam other fires,--
Burning ships on a shoreless sea;
Now and again a flame expires,
One last, quivering shaft of light,
Shot through a billion leagues of night.
"Mysteries" by John Lawson Stoddard
Far off the city fades away,
Save where one tow'r of rosy light,
Like some dissolving shaft of day,
Pierces the bosom of the night:
The distant lightning breaks its shroud:
Valhalla gleams beyond the cloud.
"Venice" by Herbert Ashley Asquith

In news:

A close-up of a flower hit by a shaft of light produces a more dramatic image than if that same subject was photographed in the shade of a tree.
Where six months ago smoke and ashes darkened the daytime sky over New York, two shafts of bright light pierced the night sky Monday in memory of all those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.
Howard Harrison won the 2008 Olivier Award for his bold lighting of Macbeth, with bold shafts of light juxtaposed with shadows.
The Devon Tower is illuminated by a shaft of light as a rain cloud passes south of the downtown area early Wednesday morning, Feb 1, 2012.
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In science:

The shaft will be capped with a shed made of light materials and with a removable roof.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
The shaft will have minimal need for lighting and environmental controls, since most of the work associated with assembly of the detectors will be done in the NuMI surface hall (MI-60).
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
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