Then she there alit, and came before the king and saluted him; and he said: Damosel, God thee bless.
A faint scent of chypre from Petticoat's cigarette as he alit.
So when Lionel saw this, he alit off his horse to have smitten off his head.
And then he alit off his horse, and said: Fair sweet brother, when came ye hither?
Right so alit a cloud betwixt them in likeness of a fire and a marvellous flame, that both their two shields burnt.
And on the strand he found a ship covered all with white samite, and he alit, and betook him to Jesu Christ.
As ill-luck would have it, I alit upon my feet within the vehicle.
As he said it he alit on Mr. Thompson's lips, and pressed some of the honey he had with him into his mouth.
We alit before a stately hermitage, set amidst the evergreen trees of well-kept grounds.
alit et ditat is the inscription which stands, rightly and properly, on the front of the building.
"to descend, dismount," Old English alihtan, originally "to lighten, take off, take away," from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get off, make light" (see light (v.)). The notion is of getting down off a horse or vehicle, thus lightening it. Of aircraft (originally balloons) from 1786. Related: Alighted; alighting.
"on fire," early 15c., apparently from Middle English aliht, past participle of alihton (Old English on-lihtan) "to light up," also "to shine upon" (see light (n.)).