Light, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted or Lit p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.]
1. To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up.
If a thousand candles be all lighted from one. --Hakewill.
And the largest lamp is lit. --Macaulay.
Absence might cure it, or a second mistress
Light up another flame, and put out this. --Addison.
2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.
Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn
To light the dead. --Pope.
One hundred years ago, to have lit this theater as brilliantly as it is now lighted would have cost, I suppose, fifty pounds. --F. Harrison.
The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply
His absent beams, has lighted up the sky. --Dryden.
3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
His bishops lead him forth, and light him on. --Landor.
To light a fire, to kindle the material of a fire.
Light, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lighted or Lit p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.]
1. To dismount; to descend, as from a horse or carriage; to alight; -- with from, off, on, upon, at, in.
When she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. --Gen. xxiv. 64.
Slowly rode across a withered heath,
And lighted at a ruined inn. --Tennyson.
2. To feel light; to be made happy. [Obs.]
It made all their hearts to light. --Chaucer.
3. To descend from flight, and rest, perch, or settle, as a bird or insect.
[The bee] lights on that, and this, and tasteth all. --Sir. J. Davies.
On the tree tops a crested peacock lit. --Tennyson.
4. To come down suddenly and forcibly; to fall; -- with on or upon.
On me, me only, as the source and spring
Of all corruption, all the blame lights due. --Milton.
5. To come by chance; to happen; -- with on or upon; formerly with into.
The several degrees of vision, which the assistance of glasses (casually at first lit on) has taught us to conceive. --Locke.
They shall light into atheistical company. --South.
And here we lit on Aunt Elizabeth,
And Lilia with the rest. --Tennyson.
Light·ing, n. Metal. A name sometimes applied to the process of annealing metals.
n 1: having abundant light or illumination; "they played as long
as it was light"; "as long as the lighting was good"
[syn: light] [ant: dark]
2: apparatus for supplying artificial light effects for the
stage or a film
3: the craft of providing artificial light; "an interior
decorator must understand lighting"
4: the act of setting on fire or catching fire [syn: ignition,
firing, kindling, inflammation]