- the state or quality of being light in weight: the amazing lightness of the new metal.
- the quality of being agile, nimble, or graceful.
- lack of pressure or burdensomeness.
- lack of seriousness; levity in actions, thoughts, or speech: That kind of lightness seemed out of place.
- gaiety of manner, speech, style, etc.; cheerfulness: His lightness was just what the party needed.
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2. agility, grace, nimbleness, sprightliness.
Origin of lightness2
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Examples from the Web for lightness
At the same time, lightness and charm became uncool; darkness and so-called “authenticity” took over.The Romantic Comedy Is Dead
July 7, 2014
With her artful fusion of fact and fiction, Phillips pulls off a rare sense of lightness and grace at the end of the novel.Murder, She Wrote: Jayne Anne Phillips on Her New Novel
October 21, 2013
There was a sense of lightness that was just perfect for Spring.At Balenciaga, Short & Sweet
September 26, 2013
My father didn't earn enough, and my mother took care of the money and the family, and she had no time for lightness.Woody Allen’s Amazing Life Lessons in Esquire Magazine
August 9, 2013
There was still a lightness to the clothes, though, and an ease to the construction and fit.Alexander Wang’s Resort Debut for Balenciaga
June 6, 2013
The lightness of the bread can easily be scored when the bread is cut.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The lightness is no doubt as characteristic of Shakespeare as the impudent humour.The Man Shakespeare
This will remove the acidity, and improve the bread in lightness.
This will remove the acidity, and rather improve the bread in lightness.
All of a sudden he dropped his mask of lightness, and became serious.The Law-Breakers
- the attribute of an object or colour that enables an observer to judge the extent to which the object or colour reflects or transmits incident lightSee also colour
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Word Origin and History for lightness
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