To light a fire
Light Light, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lighted} (l[imac]t"[e^]d) or {Lit} (l[i^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lighting}.] [AS. l[=y]htan, l[=i]htan, to shine. [root]122. See {Light}, n.] 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. [1913 Webster]

If a thousand candles be all lighted from one. --Hakewill. [1913 Webster]

And the largest lamp is lit. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Absence might cure it, or a second mistress Light up another flame, and put out this. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up. [1913 Webster]

Ah, hopeless, lasting flames! like those that burn To light the dead. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The sun has set, and Vesper, to supply His absent beams, has lighted up the sky. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light. [1913 Webster]

His bishops lead him forth, and light him on. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

{To light a fire}, to kindle the material of a fire. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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