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[lahyt-lis] /ˈlaɪt lɪs/
without light or lights; receiving no light; dark.
giving no light.
Origin of lightless
before 1000; Middle English lihtles, Old English lēohtlēas. See light1, -less
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lightlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Cedars stood before us as yet lightless against the northern sky.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Not in her most ponderous and lightless masses will nature ever leave us 14.

  • For it seemed to him that it must be the death of him followed by a lightless, bottomless pit.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The little tender, lightless, escaped their observation, and we were picked up.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • But there was a narrow, lightless alleyway a few steps ahead.

    The Butterfly Kiss Arthur Dekker Savage
  • A while, and even this had gone, and I was wrapped in an impalpable, lightless gloom.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • Kinghamstead became a lightless place when she went to Oxford.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • The world of Lewis Stillman was damp and lightless; it was narrow and its cold stone walls pressed in upon him as he moved.

    Small World William F. Nolan
Word Origin and History for lightless

Old English leohtleas; see light (n.) + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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