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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Definitions for alight

  1. to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree.
  2. to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
  3. to encounter or notice something accidentally.

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Citations for alight
My father squatted in the dirt, looking at the placid field all around the prison, the long grasses on which birds alighted, flew, alighted. Stacey d'Erasmo, Wonderland, 2014
He felt it alight on his hair and remain there, its touch soft and conciliatory, a contact for which he felt the most heartfelt gratitude… Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Helen R. Lane, The War of the End of the World, 1984
Origin of alight
Alight comes from an Old English word ālīhtan from the root līhtan meaning "to relieve of weight."