Ancient lights(Law), Calcium light, Flash light, etc. See under Ancient, Calcium, etc.Light ball(Mil.), a ball of combustible materials, used to afford light; — sometimes made so as to be fired from a cannon or mortar, or to be carried up by a rocket.Light barrel(Mil.), an empty powder barrel pierced with holes and filled with shavings soaked in pitch, used to light up a ditch or a breach.Light dues(Com.), tolls levied on ships navigating certain waters, for the maintenance of lighthouses. - - Light iron, a candlestick. [Obs.] — Light keeper, a person appointed to take care of a lighthouse or light-ship.Light money, charges laid by government on shipping entering a port, for the maintenance of lighthouses and light-ships.The light of the countenance, favor; kindness; smiles.

Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
Ps. iv. 6.

Northern lights. See Aurora borealis, under Aurora.To bring to light, to cause to be disclosed.To come to light, to be disclosed.To see the light, to come into the light; hence, to come into the world or into public notice; as, his book never saw the light.To stand in one's own light, to take a position which is injurious to one's own interest.

(Light) a. [AS. leóht. See Light, n.] [Compar. Lighter (-er); superl. Lightest.]

1. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.

2. White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.

(Light), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lighted (-ed) or Lit (lit); p. pr. & vb. n. Lighting.] [AS. lyhtan, lihtan, to shine. &radic122. See Light, n.]

10. Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily.
Is. lviii. 8.

11. (Paint.) The manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; — opposed to shade. Cf. Chiaroscuro.

12. Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light.

Frequent consideration of a thing . . . shows it in its several lights and various ways of appearance.

13. One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.

Joan of Arc,
A light of ancient France.

14. (Pyrotech.) A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light.

Light is used figuratively to denote that which resembles physical light in any respect, as illuminating, benefiting, enlightening, or enlivening mankind.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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