lightlight2 ●●● S1 W1 adjective (comparative lighter, superlative lightest) 1 colourCOLOUR/COLOR a light colour is pale and not dark You look nice in light colours.light blue/green/grey etc She had blue eyes and light brown hair. I wanted a lighter yellow paint for the walls.► see thesaurus at colour2 → it is/gets light3 roomsLIGHT a room that is light has plenty of light in it, especially from the sun opp dark The kitchen was light and spacious. The office was a big light room at the back of the house.► see thesaurus at bright4 LIGHT/NOT HEAVYnot heavy not very heavy You can carry this bag – it’s fairly light. You should wear light, comfortable shoes. The truck was quite light and easy to drive. She was as light as a feather (=very light) to carry. → lighten, lightweight25 not great if something is light, there is not very much of it or it is not very great opp heavy Traffic is lighter before 8 a.m. A light rain began to fall. She was wearing only light make-up. people who have suffered only light exposure to radiation6 THIN OBJECT OR MATERIALclothes light clothes are thin and not very warm She took a light sweater in case the evening was cool. a light summer coat7 windWEATHER a light wind is blowing without much force opp strong Leaves were blowing about in the light wind. There was a light easterly breeze. 8 sound a light sound is very quiet opp loud There was a light tap at the door. Her voice was light and pleasant.9 touchTOUCH a light touch is gentle and soft She gave him a light kiss on the cheek. He felt a light tap on his shoulder.10 work/exerciseEASY light work is not hard or tiring I found him some light work to do. She only has a few light duties around the house. The doctor has advised me to take regular light exercise.11 food a) DFDFDfood or drink that is light either does not have a strong taste or does not make you feel full very quickly, for example because it does not contain very much fat, sugar, or alcohol opp rich We had a light white wine with the fish. a light, refreshing dessert a new light cheese spread with virtually no fat b) a light meal is a small meal opp big I had a light lunch in town. a delicious light snack c) food that is light contains a lot of air a type of light, sweet bread Beat the mixture until it is light and fluffy.12 punishmentPUNISH a light punishment is not very severe opp harsh a fairly light sentence 13 → a light smoker/drinker/eater etc14 → light sleep/doze15 → a light sleeper16 JOKING/NOT SERIOUSnot serious not serious in meaning, style, or manner, and only intended to entertain people His speech gradually became lighter in tone. an evening of light music It’s a really good book if you want a bit of light reading. The show looks at some of the lighter moments from the world of politics.17 → light relief18 → make light of something19 → on a lighter note/in a lighter vein20 → make light work of something21 → be light on your feet22 → a light heart23 soilTAS light soil is easy to break into small pieces opp heavy Carrots grow well in light soils. —lightness noun [uncountable] a lightness of touch
Examples from the Corpuslight• They both have brown hair, but Tina's is slightly lighter.• Anyway, say packagers, their wrappings have become lighter.• All light aircraft maintenance workshops would most certainly have one for synchronizing and timing port and starboard magnetos on piston engines.• The kitchen is light and airy, with a fantastic view.• The hallway led to a light and spacious studio.• The studio was light and spacious.• She was light as a feather to carry, and her hands were cold as ice.• a light blue shirt• a light breeze• She has light brown hair.• a light dessert• The lighter electro-mechanical version had 60 movements, 30 of them in the head, and was also cable-controlled.• Now it was light enough to leave.• The sentence was surprisingly light for such a serious offence.• He opened the window and a light fresh breeze clutched at the curtains.• This is a nice jacket and we also do it in a light green.• She prepared a light lunch of salad and cheese.• M., the two cars sped along the autostrada toward Brescia in a light mist.• Some ministers are suggesting that there should be much lighter penalties for first-time offenders.• Jones received only a light punishment.• He was making sure they were not exposed to any form of light source, however muted.• Heat rises because hot air is lighter than cold air.• Modern tennis rackets are much lighter than old-fashioned wooden ones.• The traffic's much lighter than usual.• The best rocket exhaust is a very light, very hot gas.• a light white wine• I try to have a light workout every day.• light yogurtlight blue/green/grey etc• Submersed forms are usually disc-shaped, light green, and attached to the ground or in tangles of underwater plants.• The leaves are lanceolate with triangular petioles and light green blades with darker veins.• Colours are subdued, with dark and light blue, brown, and pink predominating.• BDe Mori is a handsome man with light blue eyes and a high, aristocratic forehead.• Kirilenko had light blue eyes, silvery stubble, the beginning of a sag to his lower jaw.• Submersed plants usually have four or five well developed light green leaves.• She had pinned a bunch of violets on her bonnet and put new, light grey ribbons on it.• The old light blue trousers with white leg stripes could be worn with both the four-pocket blue blouse and the khaki version.as light as a feather• You're as light as a feather.• She had been as light as a feather to carry and her small hands were as cold as ice.light reading• He appears to enjoy light reading.• They were very glad to borrow the few Penguin books we brought along with us, even though they are not particularly light reading.• I heave an armchair into the kitchen, lay out some light reading, and prepare a flask of coffee.• The cameraman is taking light readings and setting his lenses.• For light reading, I borrow from the hotel library.• I picked up a romance novel for some light reading on the flight.• Not that it could be described as light reading; there is a lot of heavily theoretical material within its pages.