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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
Related forms
lightlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The barbed hook, baited with the illusions of progress, to bring out of the lightless void the shoals of unnumbered generations!

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The Cedars stood before us as yet lightless against the northern sky.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • The airless, lightless houses are most unsavoury, and in times of sickness and childbirth this is intensified.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • Not in her most ponderous and lightless masses will nature ever leave us 14.

  • Would they spend the rest of their lives locked away in lightless dungeons?

  • Kinghamstead became a lightless place when she went to Oxford.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • The village to the right is lightless and still; away to the left, towards the cemetery, a pale mist broods over the fields.

  • 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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