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alight


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alight  \A*light"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Alighted}sometimes 
  {Alit};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Alighting}.]  [OE.  alihten  fr  AS 
  [=a]l[=i]htan;  pref.  [=a]-  (cf.  Goth.  us-,  G.  er-,  orig. 
  meaning  out)  +  l[=i]htan,  to  alight,  orig.  to  render  light, 
  to  remove  a  burden  from  fr  l[=i]ht,  leoht  light.  See 
  {Light},  v.  i.] 
  1.  To  spring  down  get  down  or  descend,  as  from  on  horseback 
  or  from  a  carriage;  to  dismount. 
 
  2.  To  descend  and  settle,  lodge,  rest,  or  stop;  as  a  flying 
  bird  alights  on  a  tree;  snow  alights  on  a  roof. 
 
  3.  To  come  or  chance  (upon).  [R.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alight  \A*light"\,  a.  [Pref.  a-  +  light.] 
  Lighted;  lighted  up  in  a  flame.  ``The  lamps  were  alight.'' 
  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alight 
  adj  :  lighted  up  by  or  as  by  fire  or  flame;  "forests  set  ablaze 
  (or  afire)  by  lightning";  "even  the  car's  tires  were 
  aflame";  "a  night  aflare  with  fireworks";  "candles 
  alight  on  the  tables";  "blazing  logs  in  the  fireplace"; 
  "a  burning  cigarette";  "a  flaming  crackling  fire"; 
  "houses  on  fire"  [syn:  {ablaze(p)},  {afire(p)},  {aflame(p)}, 
  {aflare(p)},  {alight(p)},  {blazing},  {burning},  {flaming}, 
  {on  fire(p)}] 
  v  1:  to  come  to  rest,  settle:  "Misfortune  lighted  upon  him." 
  [syn:  {light},  {perch}] 
  2:  come  down  as  of  a  bird  [syn:  {climb  down}] 




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