Alight

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Alight \A*light"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Alighted}sometimes {Alit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Alighting}.] [OE. alihten, fr. AS. [=a]l[imac]htan; pref. [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + l[imac]htan, to alight, orig. to render light, to remove a burden from, fr. l[imac]ht, leoht, light. See {Light}, verb (used without an object)]

1. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.

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

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

alight

adjective

1: lighted up by or as by fire or flame; "forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning"; "even the car's tires were aflame"; "a night aflare with fireworks"; "candles alight on the tables"; "houses on fire" [syn: {ablaze(p)}, {afire(p)}, {aflame(p)}, {aflare(p)}, {alight(p)}, {on fire(p)}]

verb

1: to come to rest, settle; "Misfortune lighted upon him" [syn: {alight}, {light}, {perch}]

2: come down; "the birds alighted" [syn: {alight}, {climb down}]


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