verb (used without object), a·light·ed or a·lit, a·light·ing.
- alighting gear,
- aligning punch,
- alignment chart
Origin of alight1
Origin of alight2
Examples from the Web for alight
The grapevine and the international media were alight with the buzz of the student killed by the police during the demonstration.
His eyes were alight; his opinions in keeping with a man who had named his daughter The Human Being Is More Precious Than Gold.Kofi Awoonor, the Ghanaian Poet Killed in Westgate Mall Attack|Michael Daly|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In Buenos Aires they overturned cars and then set them alight.Argentina Erupts Over Acquittal in Marita Verón Case|Scott C. Johnson|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
On the eve of the Amanda Knox appellate verdict decision, Perugia was alight with a sort of surreal buzz.
Mercury goes rogue again this week, causing your mind to wander and alight on the serious alterations you must make to your life.What the Stars Hold for Your Week, June 26-July 2, 2011|Starsky + Cox|June 26, 2011|DAILY BEAST
One mile from New Harmony, we were forced to alight from the carriage, as the horses would not draw us up a steep hill.Travels Through North America, v. 1-2|Berhard Saxe-Weimar Eisenach
It was a difficult matter to kindle it, though, and still more to keep it alight.In Search of the Castaways|Jules Verne
His eyes were alight with his appreciation of personal service.Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser
He was so affected, by the warmth of the greeting, that the tears were running down his cheeks when he was allowed to alight.Through Three Campaigns|G. A. Henty
He heard with stupefaction, that he could alight on the spot, if he pleased, otherwise he would be driven into Carlsruhe.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
verb alights, alighting, alighted or alit (intr)
Word Origin for alight
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
Word Origin for alight
"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.)).