Alighting
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 from, fr. l[=i]ht, leoht, light. See {Light}, v. i.] 1. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount. [1913 Webster]

2. To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof. [1913 Webster]

3. To come or chance (upon). [R.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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