Alight A*light", a. [Pref. a- + light.] Lighted; lighted up; in a flame. ``The lamps were alight.'' --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

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  • alight — vb 1 *descend, dismount Contrasted words: mount, *ascend, scale, climb 2 Alight, light, land, perch, roost share the meaning to come to rest after or as if after a flight, a descent, or a fall. Alight suggests previous controlled or gentle… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • alight — Ⅰ. alight [1] ► VERB 1) formal, chiefly Brit. descend from a vehicle. 2) (alight on) chance to notice. ORIGIN Old English. Ⅱ. alight [2] …   English terms dictionary

  • Alight — A*light , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Alighted}sometimes {Alit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alighting}.] [OE. alihten, fr. AS. [=a]l[=i]htan; pref. [=a] (cf. Goth. us , G. er , orig. meaning out) + l[=i]htan, to alight, orig. to render light, to remove a burden… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alight — verb climb down, depart, descend, descendere, disembark, dismount, egress, evacuate, exit, get down, get off, ground oneself, land, leave, part, set down, step down Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • alight — [v] land come down, debark, descend, disembark, dismount, get off, light, perch, settle, touch down; concepts 159,181 …   New thesaurus

  • alight — alight1 [ə līt′] vi. alighted or alit, alighting [ME alighten < OE ālīhtan < a , out, off + līhtan, to dismount, render light < liht: see LIGHT2 (to dismount)] 1. to get down or off; dismount 2. to come down after flight; descend and… …   English World dictionary

  • alight — a|light1 [əˈlaıt] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from a + light] 1.) burning ▪ The car was set alight and pushed over a hill. 2.) literary someone whose face or eyes are alight looks excited, happy, etc alight with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • alight — [[t]əla͟ɪt[/t]] alights, alighting, alighted 1) ADJ: v n ADJ, v link ADJ If something is alight, it is burning. Several buildings were set alight... The gas fire was still alight. Syn: ablaze 2) ADJ: v link ADJ, oft ADJ with n If someone s eyes… …   English dictionary

  • alight — I UK [əˈlaɪt] / US adjective [never before noun] 1) burning set something alight: Dozens of cars were set alight. 2) literary if someone s face or eyes are alight, their expression shows a feeling such as excitement or happiness 3) literary… …   English dictionary

  • alight — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ catch (esp. BrE) ▪ His clothing caught alight. ▪ remain, stay (both esp. BrE) ▪ The fire should rem …   Collocations dictionary

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