Idioms

Origin of light

1
before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English; Old English lēoht; cognate with Old Saxon lioht, Old Frisian liacht, Dutch, German licht, Gothic liuhath (noun); akin to Old Norse ljōs (noun), ljōss (adj.), Latin lūx (noun), Greek leukós bright, white; (v.) Middle English lighten, Old English līhtan, cognate with Old Saxon liuhtian, Old High German liuhten (German leuchten), Gothic liuhtjan

Related forms

light·ful, adjectivelight·ful·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for throw light on (1 of 3)

Light

/ (laɪt) /

noun

God regarded as a source of illuminating grace and strength
Quakerism short for Inner Light

British Dictionary definitions for throw light on (2 of 3)

light

1
/ (laɪt) /

noun


adjective

verb lights, lighting, lighted or lit (lɪt)

See also lights 1, light up

Derived Forms

lightish, adjectivelightless, adjective

Word Origin for light

Old English lēoht; related to Old High German lioht, Gothic liuhath, Latin lux

British Dictionary definitions for throw light on (3 of 3)

light

2
/ (laɪt) /

adjective


adverb

a less common word for lightly
with little equipment, baggage, etcto travel light

verb lights, lighting, lighted or lit (lɪt) (intr)

Derived Forms

lightish, adjectivelightly, adverblightness, noun

Word Origin for light

Old English lēoht; related to Dutch licht, Gothic leihts
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Medicine definitions for throw light on

light

[ līt ]

n.

Electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be perceived by the normal unaided human eye.
Electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength.

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Science definitions for throw light on

light

[ līt ]

Electromagnetic radiation that can be perceived by the human eye. It is made up of electromagnetic waves with wavelengths between 4 X 10-7 and 7 X 10-7 meters. Light, and all other electromagnetic radiation, travels at a speed of about 299,728 km (185,831 mi) per second in a vacuum. See also photon.
Electromagnetic energy of a wavelength just outside the range the human eye can detect, such as infrared light and ultraviolet light. See Note at electromagnetic radiation.

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Culture definitions for throw light on

light

The type of electromagnetic wave that is visible to the human eye. Visible light runs along a spectrum from the short wavelengths of violet to the longer wavelengths of red. (See photon.)


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Idioms and Phrases with throw light on (1 of 2)

throw light on

see shed light on.


Idioms and Phrases with throw light on (2 of 2)

light

In addition to the idioms beginning with light

  • light a fire under
  • light as a feather
  • light at the end of the tunnel
  • light dawned, the
  • lighten up
  • light heart
  • light into
  • lightning never strikes twice in the same place
  • light on
  • light out
  • light up

also see:

  • begin to see daylight (see the light of day)
  • bring to light
  • come to light
  • go light on
  • green light
  • heavy (light) heart
  • hide one's light
  • in a good (bad) light
  • in the cold light of day
  • in the light of
  • lace (light) into
  • leading light
  • make light of
  • many hands make light work
  • once over lightly
  • out cold (like a light)
  • see the light
  • shed light on
  • sweetness and light
  • travel light
  • trip the light fantastic

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