Meaning of LIGHT in English

LIGHT

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a cigarette lighter (= something that produces a flame for lighting cigarettes )

Does anyone have a match or a cigarette lighter?

a fine/light mist

A fine mist began to settle on the water.

a gentle/light/soft tap

There was a gentle tap on the door.

a light heart (= feeling happy )

Paul left for home with a light heart.

a light lunch (= a small lunch )

After a light lunch, he would take a nap each afternoon.

a light meal (= with not a lot of food )

a light meal of salad

a light sleep (= a sleep from which you can easily be woken )

I fell into a light sleep.

a light source (= something that produces light )

The statue is illuminated by a hidden light source.

a light switch

He reached for the light switch.

a light user (= someone who uses something only a little )

Light users of the service will receive a reduction in their bill.

a lighted candle

A procession moved through the village carrying lighted candles.

a light/heavy load (= not much or a lot of work )

Hans has a heavy teaching load this semester.

a light/pale colour (= not dark or strong )

Light colours make a room look larger.

a light/short sentence (= a short time in prison )

We’re hoping that he gets off with a light sentence.

a light/slight/faint breeze

The curtains lifted in the light breeze.

a lit/lighted/burning cigarette

Someone dropped a lit cigarette and started the fire.

a lit/lighted/burning cigarette

Someone dropped a lit cigarette and started the fire.

a small/light breakfast

She ate a light breakfast of toast and coffee.

a street light/lamp

It was getting dark, and the street lamps were already on.

a trick of the light

At first he thought someone was coming towards him, but it was just a trick of the light .

a warning light

Red warning lights were flashing.

artificial light/lighting

Energy is being wasted by using artificial lighting when daylight is adequate.

artificial light/lighting

Energy is being wasted by using artificial lighting when daylight is adequate.

blinding flash/light/glare etc

the desert with its strange twisted plants and its blinding light

brake light

brilliant light

She closed her eyes against the brilliant light .

chick lit

Christmas lights (= lights in the streets at Christmas, or on the Christmas tree )

We went to see the Christmas lights in New York.

cigarette lighter

dark/light grey

dark grey trousers

dark/light/pale/bright blue

a dark blue raincoat

dark/light/pale/bright green

a dark green dress

electric light/kettle/cooker etc

the heat from a small electric fire

faint light

the faint light of dawn

fairy lights

first light

gentle/light/moderate exercise (= not involving too much physical effort )

Try to do some gentle exercise as part of your daily routine.

glaring light

the glaring light of high noon

green light

The government has given the green light to Sunday trading.

halogen bulb/lamp/light etc

hazard lights

heavy/light oil

2,000 barrels of heavy oil are produced a day.

The oil corporation announced the discovery of another field of light oil.

heavy/light polling (= with many or few people voting )

heavy/light trading (= a lot of trading or a little trading )

Shares dropped 10% in heavy trading.

heavy/light

She was wearing a heavy coat and a thick scarf.

leaded lights

light a candle

She lit a candle in the church.

light a cigarette

Will went outside and lit a cigarette.

light a lamp

Elizabeth lit the lamps and started rebuilding the fire.

light aircraft

light ale

light and airy

All the hotel’s bedrooms are light and airy.

light beer especially AmE (= lower in alcohol or calories than normal beer )

He claims light beer has no flavor.

light bulb

light clothing (= made from thin materials )

You’ll only need light clothing during the day.

light comedy (= about subjects that are not very serious )

He is clearly talented at light comedy.

light duties (= not involving hard physical work )

He'd been wounded, sent home and put on light duties.

light entertainment (= shows etc that are funny and easy to understand rather than serious )

He believes that children can appreciate more than just light entertainment.

light heavyweight

light industry (= industries that involve the production of small goods )

Jobs in light industry are increasing.

light industry

light meter

light pen

light pollution

light railway

light reading (= things that are easy and enjoyable to read )

a bit of light reading for my holiday

light show

light sleeper (= someone who wakes easily )

light snacks

Drinks and light snacks are served at the bar.

light snow (= when only a small amount falls )

A light snow had begun to fall.

light wine (= without a lot of alcohol )

The wine is light and refreshing.

light work (= work that is not physically hard )

He had been ill, but she found him some light work to do.

light year

a star 3,000 light years from Earth

light years ahead (= much more advanced )

This design is light years ahead in performance and comfort.

light

The traffic is fairly light at this time of day.

light

The punishment seemed very light.

light (= with little water coming down )

A light rain began to fall.

light/gentle (= not strong )

Winds tomorrow will be light.

lighting rig

lightning lights (up) sth

Lightning lit up the room briefly.

light/pale brown

a light brown jacket

light/sandy (= containing a lot of sand )

Some plants prefer sandy soils.

neon lights/signs (= ones that use neon )

the neon lights of Las Vegas

painted...in a bad light (= described him in a way that made him seem bad )

The article painted him in a bad light .

parking light

pilot light

reversing light

sb's eyes light up (= become excited )

His eyes lit up when I mentioned the word money.

sb’s face lights up/brightens (= they start to look happy )

Denise’s face lit up when she heard the news.

security light

see/present sth in a positive light (= see or present something as good )

If you spend a year travelling after school, employers often see this in a positive light.

The merger was presented to the world in a positive light.

shaft of light/sunlight

sound-level/light etc meter

Southern Lights

start/light a fire

It was too damp to light a fire.

strip light

strip lighting

strobe light

tail light

the light of the moon

The clouds blocked out the light of the moon.

the morning sun/light/mist

the warmth of the morning sun

thin/light cotton

a thin cotton dress

traffic lights

travel light (= not take many things with you )

The idea was to travel light, so Travis allowed her to pack only one change of clothing.

UV light/radiation/rays etc

the sun's harmful UV rays

wall-mounted clock/heater/lights etc

weak light

He had only a weak light to see by.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

artificial

Few people have not woken to the sounds of the dawn chorus nor seen moths drawn to artificial lights as daylight fades.

It should be cultivated in moderately diffused or artificial light .

Official sketches show a small warren of rooms, lit by artificial lights and stuffed with compact biological systems.

Among these is James Casebere, who photographs miniature architectural constructions in artificial light .

Their facial features are indistinguishable, brightly lit though they are by harsh artificial lights.

The algae were cultivated under artificial light .

The room is safe, enclosed, protected from the harsh glare of artificial light .

bad

I've seen him at a distance, I've seen him in bad light .

In an effort to restrain himself, he tried to imagine things in the worst possible light .

They perch too far away in bad light .

Middlesex forfeited their first innings and Durham were 11 without loss in their second innings when bad light ended play.

Another break for bad light gave the fast men a breather.

Leapor places all of these concerns in the worst possible light .

The Wednesday result shouldn't be considered in too bad a light .

Rain and bad light brought several interruptions, made batting difficult, and took the game into a second day.

bright

Under bright overhead lights at one end of the shed a chair had been positioned, banked on three sides by sandbags.

The double glazing had a metal layer that helped to create the reflective view from outside and cut down bright light inside.

He crept to the door and opened it, blinking at the bright light .

Keep the plant in bright light .

Zen was sitting on a stool under a bright light in a small white-curtained cubicle, thinking about Trotsky and the ice-man.

My only wish is that the bright lights were dimmed a bit for the dinner crowd.

Some absorb the gas quickly, whereas others circulate it slowly and can not respond to floods of bright light .

Photophobic children are often recommended to wear dark or tinted glasses to ease the discomfort caused by bright light .

brilliant

As I climb, I think of the butterflies, the dreams of the holy men, fluttering in a brilliant light .

And then there was a brilliant light and the Beast turned into a handsome prince.

Within the box, suspended at its centre, glows a point of brilliant , pale-blue light .

It casts a brilliant light on everyone around him.

I awoke next morning to a brilliant pearly light , but when I went to the window, no sea was visible.

I would be washed clean by the brilliant blue light , by the warm, golden sun.

Beams of brilliant light jerked across the far wall and, slowly, the bars began to char.

Over 20, 000 residents are awakened by a brilliant flash of light and heat to find their city in flames.

cold

The cold green fluorescent lights are blazing, and Kim is at work taping ankles.

The red maples have just shed their seeds, and two species of fireflies flash their cold white lights on warm evenings.

Then they unrolled as a silver-white fleece, under the silent cold light of the moon.

Through the frosted window blazed the cold light of winter morning; sidelight, the most harsh.

A cold grey light made its way round the corners of the curtains and trickled into the room.

He switched off his lamp to watch the cold , silver light settle over the church and headstones.

different

It makes you think about those sullen high schoolers in a different light , see their lives along a time line.

The girls regarded it in a different light .

They get to see women in a different light .

The Dark Elves see Khaine in a different light .

The officer was city-bred and educated, so that the false teeth appeared to him in a different light .

I view parallels to Piggy and Simon in a different light .

It involves reflecting light of a quite different color-invisible light in the form of X ray radiation-off certain crystals.

dim

Flickering beams of dim light came with it, caressing the machinery which shielded their source from direct view.

Only a dim light glowed in the direction of the stairs.

Looking at him in the dim light I saw he was clad only in vest and pants.

No one dared to object to him directly about his dim light , though some people grumbled about it in loud whispers.

There were only two dim lights flickering from two iron brackets high up on the wall.

They sat at the table in dim light going over pronunciations.

The two men looked at each other in the dim light , their faces grey and weary.

Not so beautiful by day, perhaps, but in dim light they look like movie stars.

electric

The electric light was an invention with profound existential consequences.

There were electric lights burning at the entryway.

There is no electric light , and the floor is compacted earth.

I let out an involuntary gasp. Electric lights sprang on all over the ceiling in an irregular pattern.

A moment later, all the electric lights went out.

Travellers very often notice that electric light and trams are brought into streets which as yet have no houses.

It foresaw electric light , credit cards, shopping malls and electronic broadcasting.

When lit only by the electric lights, the large figures in the foreground appear thicker, more dimensional.

faint

A faint sliver of light showed along the bottom of the door on his right.

A laser transmitted faint light signals to an electronic detector.

Standing all day on the wet clay floor under the dropping ceiling in the faint light cast by tallow candles was grim.

After a sharp turn in the path, they are suddenly approaching a faint square of light .

M56 is not at all prominent, but shows up as a faint patch of light .

When I saw the faint glow of light in the distance, it scarcely registered with me.

A faint yellow light filtered through the thin curtains.

A faint light now appears behind the beaded curtain of one of the houses that face the courtyard.

fluorescent

There was no floodlighting here, only a small fluorescent light over the entrance.

While the other tour members chatted and compared equipment Mom stood to one side, her face pale under the fluorescent lights .

Down below were the pink seashell murals lit by fluorescent lights, and distant black and white movies on the screen.

I bought nine fluorescent light fixtures-bulbs, ballast, and wire.

There was a skim of grease that shone in the fluorescent light of the Kitchen.

On the desk was what appeared to be a fluorescent light box the size of a briefcase.

Lightning flashed again, brilliant as a fluorescent light .

Strips of fluorescent lights struggled against the gloominess of the space.

green

General Thurman still had to receive a final green light from the president once he had worked out a plan.

But after waiting years for the building permits, Rohr got the green light to build just as the market turned down.

A solitary street-lamp shed feeble green light , leaving most of the street in shadow.

The coaches may have been flashing the green light , but all the players saw was a blinking red.

An enormous structure, resembling a Calder mobile, and hung with green and blue lights , revolves slowly.

The action got a green light Monday from the Food and Drug Administration.

Upon the dashboard of a black Cadillac sedan parked in a nearby side-road a green light began to flash furiously.

There was this eerie green light .

harsh

Chapter Twenty one Urquhart flicked the main switch and she blinked as the room was washed by the harsh overhead light .

In the harsh light , its most notable feature is a small metal grate over a drain in the very center.

The harsh lights that the photographers had used still glared down on the scene.

The president of the bank was a hard-faced aesthete with cheekbones so deeply indented that he appeared skull-like under harsh ceiling lights .

The space underneath was filled with a harsh light of burnished gold.

Their facial features are indistinguishable, brightly lit though they are by harsh artificial lights.

The presence of Jen was like a harsh light in his eyes.

The refugees stumbled toward military buses, blinking at the harsh lights .

natural

Table 11.2 shows times when natural light is recommended or advised against.

Saconi was in there at one of the tables, blithe and ambivalent in the diffused natural light .

Whilst we stress the artificial nature of most time-cues, it would be misleading to suggest that natural light is without effect.

A special feature is a cantilevered bay window which is designed to create more space and to give plenty of natural light .

Other requirements: Light: Needs very good light , especially natural light.

Soane created a beautifully spacious building, awash in natural light .

Modern school buildings make as much use as possible of natural light , incorporating as they do large windows.

He worked out of doors, with natural light and a white background.

new

The neutron observations may help cast new light on solar flares and solar activity.

Hajdu sheds new , revelatory light on the complex relationship between Strayhorn and Ellington.

This guy Rufus appears in a new light .

The Agency is always willing to consider a man in a new light .

What had to be understood was the process which led to the evolution of society seen in this new light .

And marketing executives began looking at the Hispanic population in a new light .

Campaigners now hope parish councillors will abandon their scheme for 30 new lights and accept alternative proposals instead.

That throws a whole new light on it.

poor

Her tests for the relation between grammatical structure and context formation similarly show the unschooled Wolof children in a poor light .

The poor light barely reached the chamber's four walls.

The curtains in the flat were drawn, cutting down even the poor light that remained from outside.

Then, having ensured that the match would finish so late, Moin complained about the poor light .

Delgard paused at the top of the stairs, allowing his eyes to adjust to the poor light .

Even if, in the poor light , you did see it, you would dismiss it.

Should children attempt to read in poor light ?

He glanced at his watch, bringing it close to his face because of the poor light .

positive

Yet the presentational imperative to project the policies of government in a positive light masked the existence of inner doubts.

You can always interpret things in a more positive light or a more negative light.

It was as if a door had opened before him into a dim but positive light .

Books portraying black men in a positive light are simply not part of the growth industry.

This may help one to see the beauty and wisdom of the natural world in a much more positive light .

By contrast, 57 percent viewed Dole in a positive light , while only 27 percent saw him in a negative light.

Present everything in a positive light .

red

The Governor's sanctum was a leviathan suffused with the same dreary red light .

The deeper they live, the less red light penetrates compared with blue.

There were red lights in her curls which she had never noticed and her complexion was without flaw.

The greener the water, the less red or blue light penetrates.

Down below, two points of red light appear, one at a time like a wink in reverse.

The bigger issue is, will San Franciscans still be allowed to run red lights across Market Street?

One red light came on faintly.

The flashing red light went out, to be replaced by a steady light of a soothing green.

soft

On the landing a soft light shone into the dark from the corridor, as in memory.

A soft pinkish light played against the curtains.

In the soft evening light , I retraced my steps back to town, soothed by the songs of blackbirds and chaffinches.

The soft light of dusk was thinning, leaving trees and buildings blackened agalnst the evening sky.

Through the curtains a soft grey light is creeping.

She took her place at his side again, and watched the exquisitely etched face in the soft light .

His olive skin seemed to glint in the soft light of the hallway; the flat behind him was almost totally dark.

As the students are talking, a wave of soft , vague light , of sleepy distraction, passes over Primo.

strong

It will even tolerate strong light , when the colour of the leaves will intensify.

These more primitive readings in sharar throw a particularly strong light on the occurrence of the institution narrative there.

Too strong light should be avoided, as it has the habit of developing leaves above the water.

The color of the lower surface is more intense in stronger light .

Other requirements: Light: Needs strong light .

Her work still casts a strong light .

Given strong light , the plant will grow stronger, with deep coloration.

Often these were accompanied by strong flashes of light .

■ NOUN

street

The road was closed for a while because of a dangerous street light .

Also on the list: Third Street light rail: Check.

The street lights are still on, but the sky ain't black no more.

As they approached the corner, the street lights came on.

Gas was used in houses and for street lights from the early nineteenth century.

The track awakes in the half light of dawn, when there are still misty halos around the street lights.

Just then, the street lights come on.

The city also gave an additional $ 20, 000 for banners to be hung from street lights .

traffic

The letters are divided into traffic light colours to signal to customers whether their endowment will pay off their mortgage.

I usually posted myself then at a busy intersection where a traffic light controlled commuter flow from Newark.

Anger is like a red light at the traffic lights.

Cars have been stolen at traffic lights .

Up ahead the traffic lights were on red but he didn't slow up.

Julie didn't answer, but drove on towards the traffic lights , glancing again in the rear-view mirror.

She slowed down at the traffic lights by Sloane Street.

The woman was killed while she was out walking with her husband, when two cars collided at traffic lights .

warning

The warning light came on, and it's thought that was the point at which the pilot radioed for help.

Looking right then left he saw the signals with their warning lights reassuring him of their presence.

But when the pilot switched on his flight systems, a red warning light glowed.

Barriers and warning lights were put up and further warning lights were placed a short distance away.

It is because at this time the warning light is more easily visible in the twilight than in the daylight.

The bulb had obviously been hit hard soas to break its filament, to ensure no warning light came on.

■ VERB

bathe

The fields and woods were bathed in golden light overlaid with a blue haze of heat.

We looked like Superman escorting Howdy Doody, and I bathed in the light of his company.

Multi-bracketed candelabra placed along the centre helped the sconce torches to bathe the room in light .

Even the water tower in Addison, a northern suburb, is bathed in blue light .

The castle was bathed in a flickering light .

Conversely, Cafe Pinot bathes in the light of learning shed by the L.A.

But then the sun broke through and the field, the altar, the tree, was bathed in a pure light .

He threw open a side door off the first-floor hall, and we were bathed in light .

cast

Overhead, a bulb casts an eerie bluish light .

Biophysics is certainly able to cast significant light on processes occurring within living cells.

The sun had just gone down, and our apartment was cast in a pale-pastel light .

Moreover Pound's anti-Semitism, later so notorious, certainly casts a sinister light on his readiness to broach these issues.

It casts a brilliant light on everyone around him.

Street lights are not too bad because they don't shine directly into your face and only cast a fairly soft light.

Her work still casts a strong light .

fade

Some likened it to facing the fast bowler Curtly Ambrose in a fading light .

In the fading light of the patio, Yolanda can not make out the expression on the dark face.

The lights were fading - the lights had all gone out.

There was a fading light I had never quite seen.

I turned to warn Tam and Richie, whom I could just see in the fading light .

flash

It's like she flashed a bright light in my eyes, and I have to look away.

The door opened and flashed with light and then it slammed.

They'd paint them pink and mark them with big, yellow, flashing lights .

Properly crafted, such legislation raises legitimate questions about the extent and nature of U.S. involvement and flashes warning lights .

He wanted to know why I was flashing the light .

For the remainder of the evening, Barbara and A. B. Everage honked their horn and flashed their lights .

The nomes had learned to be worried by things with flashing blue lights on top.

see

Out in the street afterwards they wandered around the corner into Leicester Square to see the Christmas lights .

Freedom of press, seen in this light , becomes a questionable guarantee.

She toiled up the stairs, and saw that a light showed on the landing above.

But then I saw this bright light at the window.

People won't admit it, they're too busy grabbing to see that the lights have fused.

Then I seen in the light , like inside it, with the light all around, a person.

But, like the National Health Service, education could be seen in a different light .

Rather than seeing a light at the end of the sanctions tunnel, Hussein felt increasingly boxed in.

shed

In this chapter, some of the evidence will be reviewed which sheds some light on three questions.

Hajdu sheds new, revelatory light on the complex relationship between Strayhorn and Ellington.

Sometimes they can have a mythical dimension, images that shed a new light on traditions of wisdom or legend.

A streetlight beside an elementary school shed just enough light to let me make sense out of the map.

Unfortunately, he didn't, nor was the lecturer, when asked, able to shed any light on the subject.

Can you shed any light on my quest?

A solitary street-lamp shed feeble green light , leaving most of the street in shadow.

Podesta's role sheds light on both questions.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a ray of hope/light etc

Amid the crushing disappointment of the general election there was a ray of light for the Conservatives.

Besides, today there had been a ray of hope.

But only when a ray of light attempts to pierce this darkness does the real, eerie action unroll.

But the Red Or Dead catwalk show offered a ray of hope.

Each time a ray of light passes through a lens it is slightly weakened.

The Government's resignation is a victory, a ray of hope to take into the dark days ahead.

ambient temperature/light etc

Homeothermy or Homoiothermy Temperature regulation in tachymetabolic species in which core temperatures remain roughly steady despite ambient temperature changes.

If you space heat then you will have an ambient temperature of 75-80°F and even higher humidity.

It really comes into its own with flash as the metering balances the flash against the ambient lighting conditions with great results.

Odour emissions are affected by wind direction, temperature inversion, ambient temperatures and humidity.

The ambient temperature for each day of the study was determined from local weekly weather statistics.

The ambient temperature in Celsius is roughly equal to the number of cricket chirps in 8 seconds plus 5.

at first light

The search continued at first light.

They left camp at first light and were in the mountains by nightfall.

A small flock of evening grosbeaks flew over, and at first light I heard chickadees and goldfinches.

It was black as night at new moon and white as frost at first light.

Mountain rescue teams continued the hunt overnight, and a full-scale search resumed at first light.

The ambush would leave its position the next morning, at first light, to return.

The Caribou took off at first light.

We have had trouble at first light with the Khmer Rouge.

be all sweetness and light

The negotiations were not all sweetness and light.

be bathed in light/sunshine etc

He threw open a side door off the first-floor hall, and we were bathed in light.

big/light/fussy etc eater

During the time she was living with the Abramses, Katelyn was happy and a big eater , Carter said.

While never a big eater , he did tend to snack it through the day and night.

cast light on/onto sth

The convergence of the techniques will cast light on perspectives and how they are controlled.

The different ways in which superantigens activate T cells casts light on the pathogenesis of infectious disease.

The incident has cast light on the creeping privatisation of the drug war.

The investigation explores the possibility of using probate inventories to cast light on this and related questions.

We use this to cast light on a metaphor of which we are given no other interpretation.

dim your headlights/lights

dip your headlights/lights

He put his foot on the accelerator and dipped his headlights.

drenched in/with light

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

guiding light/hand/star

And that is what Aeneas's young son did under the guiding hand of Alecto.

Eddie was his hero, his guiding light.

Father Peter, its guiding light, was also its provider of funds and sustenance.

That will be the guiding light of the next Labour government.

To followers, he is more than just a guiding light - he is the Messiah.

Under Mr Yarrow's guiding hand, the reputation of the school was untarnished, these five long years.

hide your light under a bushel

in the cold light of day

I knew that, in the cold light of day, he held all the aces.

Night-time madness isn't appealing, seen in the cold light of day.

jump a light

leading light

Another was a leading light opera singer in the local community.

By now, Braudel had become one of its leading lights, and from 1956 to 1968 he was virtually its editor.

Harrison, a man of simple birth and high intelligence, crossed swords with the leading lights of his day.

On renouncing alcohol he was pardoned and he set sail for Darlington where he became a leading light in the Society.

She loves gym workouts, swimming and playing netball - she is a leading light in a local women's team.

The merchants were the leading lights of the popolo grasso or rich bourgeoisie.

This victory may set Stretch up with a world-title elimination fight with Britain's other leading light middleweight, Chris Pyatt.

light years ago

light years ahead/better etc than sth

light/comic relief

After a day's work, it was a bit of light relief to use it.

After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.

All we can say is that, between them, the team eventually raises £3,450 for Comic Relief charities.

Cold people shake Comic Relief canisters.

For comic relief , obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.

Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.

If it afforded the guardians a little light relief , the minutes do not suggest that the complaint was taken anything but seriously.

Then, for light relief , this page: murder and murder trials.

light/fair/dark complected

make short/light work of sth

But she made light work of polishing off the shopping at a supermarket near her West London home.

Carmen would have made short work of Michael too.

Fourth placed Guisborough made short work of the opposition at Saltburn.

Guernsey made short work of the opposition when they won the event on home soil in 1990.

It is fair to warn anglers that thousands of crabs soon make short work of rag and lugworm.

It made short work of our Windows performance tests, WinTach, clocking up an impressive index of over 9.3.

The second game we pull away early and make short work of it.

Willie Thorne made light work of the promising Nottinghamshire youngster, Anthony Hamilton, as he eased into the last 16.

naked light/flame/sword etc

A very powerful naked light bulb hung from the office ceiling.

Both men were armed, each carrying a naked sword and dirk.

He is like a naked light.

Obviously this is untrue - it is not the naked light that Blanche can not stand, it is the truth.

She likes to cover up the truth like she covers over the naked light.

She turned, all flaxen and pink and white, haloed by the naked light bulbs round the mirror.

This gives a double meaning to Blanche's hatred of naked light.

play a hose/light on sth

play of light

I have a wonderful play of light and shade, and the tungsten light gives a very similar effect.

Make notes as you watch the play of light in various areas as the sun tracks east to west across the sky.

pool of water/blood/light etc

A pool of light, expanding circles, merging, dragging me down.

A guard found him lying in a pool of blood, and a doctor saved him.

After they are replaced, the spent fuel rods are cooled for several years in pools of water at the plants.

His black telephone sat captive in a pool of light, ready for interrogation.

She leaves the coach and wanders through fields for many miles until between trees she sees a deep black pool of water.

The kind of pool of light depends on whether the bulb fitted inside is a spot, flood or an ordinary bulb.

Then on the fifth day, mid-morning, a pool of light as pale and clear as moonstone appeared on the horizon.

There was a pool of blood on the tarmac now, around his head.

punch sb's lights out

run a (red) light

An old man who worked in a poultry store was stopped for running a light.

For every motorist who runs a red light, there are five pedestrians who do it.

It was going to sea with only its running lights on.

Jones still faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and an infraction for running a red light.

Men are more likely to run a red light, forget to signal, or drink and drive.

The running lights flashed off and a thick silence filled up the day.

The bigger issue is, will San Franciscans still be allowed to run red lights across Market Street?

When you run a red light, a few coins save a fine.

see the light

But soon he could only see the lights of the boat in the distance.

Each has attracted his or her share of supporters who could also see the light once it was pointed out to them.

Five minutes later he saw the lights of a village pub.

From two blocks away you can see the light radiating up into the sky.

It was uncanny and Maggie was never so glad to see the light from her own room and get Ana back indoors.

One must have experienced deeply, known greatness - seen the light, as he said.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

You were sitting in your seat, pressed back by the acceleration, and you saw the light beams curve.

see the light of day

Business contracts go through armies of lawyers before they see the light of day.

Most observers predict the bill won't see the light of day until at least January.

And eventually, Guinness as we know it, rich subtle and dark, is ready to see the light of day.

Get to the back of the drawers and cupboards - areas which don't often see the light of day.

I am not too worried about the new council tax because I doubt whether it will see the light of day.

I never sold a garment or got an order from this source, I wonder if they saw the light of day.

Many of Brindley's ideas were regarded as the hair-brained schemes of a madman which would never see the light of day.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

The implication must be that a lot of bids are being planned but never see the light of day.

There's so much good stuff that has never seen the light of day.

shed light

A fretful wind was not enough to open them and shed light on the ruptured earth in which they lay.

An analysis of the results should shed light on the workings of the Northern Ireland labour market.

Brophy said the man was not considered a suspect, but investigators hope he can shed light on what started the blaze.

Eastin and her task force hope to shed light on the challenge by early next year.

Podesta's role sheds light on both questions.

The extent of Hygeberht's authority perhaps sheds light on Offa's principal area of interest.

Therefore they shed light on the comparative institutional questions with which we are concerned.

show sb in a good/bad etc light

streak of lightning/fire/light etc

A streak of lightning split the sky.

Sometimes there is hope, a streak of light, a blur on a piece of film.

The three women were wreaking havoc with their guns that fired streaks of light.

There was another streak of lightning overhead.

string of pearls/lights/beads etc

A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?

A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.

Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.

Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.

There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.

When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.

the Southern Lights

the bright lights

First I turned off the brightest lights.

He gestured toward the street, the bright lights of Osaka shining before us.

In the bright lights of the foyer his face was clearly illuminated.

Instead Elizabeth spent a year at business college in St Albans before joining the bright lights of London's magazine world.

It had to be the cold air and the bright lights against the darkness.

Self- imposed pressure Lately, she has wondered if her message is getting lost in the bright lights of television.

Under the bright lights in the train, both boy and man look pale, lifeless.

Young Gilbey's passion was cars and he skipped going to university to move to the bright lights of London.

throw a light/shadow

Begin from a fighting stance, perhaps by throwing a light snap punch into the opponent's face from the front hand.

But the flames were growing higher, throwing light, casting dancing shadows.

Fossils do throw light on the history of the lateral line and tail.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

He uses relativity to throw light on time and eternity, and indeterminacy to comment on free will.

The role of premises is to throw light on a subject; the role of evidences is to give weight to it.

Understanding the nature and activities of such organisations helped throw light upon issues of town identity and representation.

Where once they flew in such flocks that they threw shadows over the earth, they now survive in a few straggling colonies.

throw light on sth

A comparison of the two will throw light on the crisis of conscience on both occasions.

But I have not found anything in the careful judgment of Mustill L.J. which throws light on the issues presently under consideration.

But my frantic, full-beamed Mayday signal only threw light on a de-iced porthole.

Epidemiological studies sometimes threw light on preventable causes of cancer.

Experiments to throw light on the processes at work must themselves be long-term.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

It also seeks to throw light on the role assumed by planters and the planting lobby in society at large.

Life-positions throw light on why it is that some people tend to be winners and some losers in life.

trip the light fantastic

Among their routines as they trip the light fantastic at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington are the old time and modern dances.

turn the light out

He turned the light out as the clergyman left the room.

I take the car up as far as it will go, then turn the lights out.

They turned the lights out and sat in fear.

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Light was coming into the room through a crack in the door.

a gas lamp that gives as much light as a 100 watt bulb

a sudden flash of blinding light

In the fading light she could just make out the shape of a tractor.

She sat reading by the light of the fire.

That light 's really bright.

The light isn't good enough to take a photograph.

The light was fading, and I was afraid we wouldn't be home before dark.

The 5-inch model of the starship came complete with blinking lights.

the cold blue light of the Arctic

The valley was bathed in the soft light of dawn.

We could see light coming from under the door.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

He switched on the light , opened the door, and went into the dim public space.

He switched the light on and looked at the clock.

Just then, the street lights come on.

The blaze of lights in the evening was part of it, and the singing and shivering the rails made.

The speed of light through our apparatus should vary as the speed of the relative ether current varies.

This can be put in its least intuitively reasonable light if we assume just two firms.

You will be aware that normally, of course, reflected light is of the same color as incident light.

II. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

aircraft

Read in studio Police have now named the three rugby fans who were killed when their light aircraft crashed into a field.

In the light aircraft groups, there is a similarity of performance.

Probably because of the very much greater stick forces and lower rates of pitch occurring in most light aircraft .

All gliders and light aircraft have to recover satisfactorily with the standard method.

Furthermore if Grimbergen is closed, where do the present 150 plus light aircraft presently based there go?

Today, Cessna is out of the light aircraft market for ever and Piper is on its knees.

This may well be one of those rare occasions when light aircraft pilots have the opportunity to shape something that affects them.

Ivars has built over the years a series of light aircraft , most employing a faithful Cirrus Minor I engine.

entertainment

In the seventies, it seemed that a light entertainment show on television was not complete without a clutch of catchphrases.

But as message movies began to muscle out light entertainment , Reynolds became disposable.

Moving the Nine O'clock News would free a peak slot to attract more viewers with dramas and light entertainment .

Both videos are situations comedies made by a top television light entertainment director and an experienced cast of comedy actors.

Music that could never be taken as light entertainment .

The licencee must also pick a selection of other programme categories such as drama, light entertainment and sport.

The video has been made using a highly-experienced cast of comedy actors and a top television light entertainment director.

industry

Chester, in particular, is making loud noises about converting some of its greenbelt for housing and light industry .

Out of this there soon came the normal development of light industry .

These communities have an average population of between 200 and 700 and an economic base of agriculture plus some light industry .

About 80 per-cent of farmworkers were women, he said, and over 90 percent of workers in light industry .

Now it is a prosperous place, making its living from light industry and the visitors who come to tour the battlefields.

Other engineering and light industries are filling many of the old mills and clothing factories.

The metal and machine industries benefited most directly, while the stimulus spread to the textile and other light industries.

They also have new light industries .

lunch

No relaxing by the pool or light lunch over Football Focus for my lads.

They were seated, as was their custom, in the summer-house, where they had just finished a light lunch .

There is a smart àlacarte restaurant for dinner and light lunches are served in the bar.

At the 52-storey building, the 1,000 staff are served light lunches and snacks by manager Tony Gatland and his staff.

Vegetarian dishes and other special diets are no problem for Judy and snacks and light lunches will be provided on request.

Why not fix to have a light lunch here one day if ever in Edinburgh.

Dishy meals Whether you want inspiration for a light lunch or an impressive supper, we can provide it.

Choice of ALaCarte Restaurant or the Pavilion Lounge which serves light lunches and traditional beers.

note

Shame on you! she scolded herself, banking down the passion, trying for a lighter note .

Keep all your meetings and get togethers on a light note by banning anyone talking shop.

rail

This route has been earmarked for a possible future extension of the Midland Metro light rail transit system.

Prescott said this could even include light rail or metro projects.

Chiarelli sees light rail as an alternative to widening the busy Airport Parkway which parallels the route near South Keys.

Thus, the comparative analysis of achievable stopping patterns by bus, light rail and suburban rail is well done.

railway

We will encourage new schemes, using light railways and trams in cities.

Kitsons' own designs for light railways , such as the Leek &038; Manifold in Staffordshire, were rugged and powerful.

The only other opportunity in the foreseeable future is likely to be the new light railway in London's Docklands.

If those words are retained in the legislation, those railways would still require a light railway order at some time.

The company have retained the leisurely atmosphere of the turn-of-the-century light railway being situated off the major tourist circuits.

Both produced passenger levels far greater than forecast and have encouraged more planning of urban light railways .

Local authorities are demonstrating a growing interest in light railways as a cheap, energy-efficient transport solution in urban areas.

Who knows, someday we might see the Minsterley and Shropshire-Montgomeryshire lines restored as light railways to solve Shrewbury's commuter problems!

rain

A light rain began to fall.

The clouds were turbulent and gray, a cool, light rain still falling.

As he walked along, light rain began to fall.

East Anglia: Patchy light rain .

The prohibition was lifted in some counties last week after light rain fell over much of the state.

Corbett trudged down the beaten, muddy track; the sky was overcast and a light rain began to fall.

We had the window open, and it had just started to rain the lightest rain imaginable.

relief

I have to be allowed a bit of light relief .

The fighter pilot taking a little light relief .

However, the Full Moon in Scorpio on May 16 should bring everyone to their senses and give some light relief .

It seems that the staff were inclined to regard the women as light relief from the sombre business of teaching science.

After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.

Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.

Then, for light relief , this page: murder and murder trials.

touch

But it works, as do the disc brakes all round, positively and with a light touch .

Some one had given his arm a light touch out of fear and respect.

This performance needed more pace, a lighter touch throughout from the orchestra and much greater clarity from the first violins.

There may be subjective numbness and slightly impaired pain and light touch sensation over the outer aspect of the foot. 3.

A novel about novel-writing, which handles its tricky subject with a light touch .

Does she love light touch or avoid it?

It was in that kind of environment that the Takeover Panel started its life from small beginnings and with a light touch .

The H-19 had hydraulic controls which required a light touch .

wind

Conditions in Nidri or Porto Heli are ideal, with lighter winds and flat water.

Clear skies and light winds helped cleanup crews Sunday.

The wet grass glittered and near-by a nut-tree sparkled iridescent, winking and gleaming as its branches moved in the light wind .

We are dead in the water, heading into a light wind and surface current.

A Feeling 850 Club gives sporty sailing in a sensitive boat for up to 6; she's very fast in light winds .

A light wind sprang up, and the smoke of their guns drifted over the valley towards the cemetery.

We don't provide formal instruction, but novices pick up a lot by sailing out and back in light winds .

There was a light wind and a wide sky.

work

But she made light work of polishing off the shopping at a supermarket near her West London home.

Mentally and physically handicapped do light work according to their capability, but get the same wages as everybody else.

He sustained injuries to his back and was thereafter only able to undertake light work .

Most of the work is manual, and buffaloes are used only for light work in the mud of the paddy-fields.

The lighter work to which men tended to shift as they got older was generally worse paid.

And the £170,000 military breakdown gear made light work of pulling the battered truck out of the waters.

The Safrane made light work of the uncrowded road to the beer-producing town of Pilsen.

Willie Thorne made light work of the promising Nottinghamshire youngster, Anthony Hamilton, as he eased into the last 16.

years

But not your place, of course: we're a good four hundred light years from your usual stamping grounds.

Only a few thousand light years .

Those late 1940s now seem light years away from the customs prevailing in present day society.

The political culture then was light years from the one today.

You will be light years ahead.

That will permit the search to reach out to 100 light years , covering about 300 stars.

We shall be seeing that quantum effects can occur over distances of many metres, or even light years .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a ray of hope/light etc

Amid the crushing disappointment of the general election there was a ray of light for the Conservatives.

Besides, today there had been a ray of hope.

But only when a ray of light attempts to pierce this darkness does the real, eerie action unroll.

But the Red Or Dead catwalk show offered a ray of hope.

Each time a ray of light passes through a lens it is slightly weakened.

The Government's resignation is a victory, a ray of hope to take into the dark days ahead.

be all sweetness and light

The negotiations were not all sweetness and light.

be bathed in light/sunshine etc

He threw open a side door off the first-floor hall, and we were bathed in light.

big/light/fussy etc eater

During the time she was living with the Abramses, Katelyn was happy and a big eater , Carter said.

While never a big eater , he did tend to snack it through the day and night.

cast light on/onto sth

The convergence of the techniques will cast light on perspectives and how they are controlled.

The different ways in which superantigens activate T cells casts light on the pathogenesis of infectious disease.

The incident has cast light on the creeping privatisation of the drug war.

The investigation explores the possibility of using probate inventories to cast light on this and related questions.

We use this to cast light on a metaphor of which we are given no other interpretation.

dim your headlights/lights

dip your headlights/lights

He put his foot on the accelerator and dipped his headlights.

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

hide your light under a bushel

jump a light

light a fire under sb

They had come in the night and lit a fire under the stage.

light years ago

light years ahead/better etc than sth

light/comic relief

After a day's work, it was a bit of light relief to use it.

After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.

All we can say is that, between them, the team eventually raises £3,450 for Comic Relief charities.

Cold people shake Comic Relief canisters.

For comic relief , obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.

Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.

If it afforded the guardians a little light relief , the minutes do not suggest that the complaint was taken anything but seriously.

Then, for light relief , this page: murder and murder trials.

make short/light work of sth

But she made light work of polishing off the shopping at a supermarket near her West London home.

Carmen would have made short work of Michael too.

Fourth placed Guisborough made short work of the opposition at Saltburn.

Guernsey made short work of the opposition when they won the event on home soil in 1990.

It is fair to warn anglers that thousands of crabs soon make short work of rag and lugworm.

It made short work of our Windows performance tests, WinTach, clocking up an impressive index of over 9.3.

The second game we pull away early and make short work of it.

Willie Thorne made light work of the promising Nottinghamshire youngster, Anthony Hamilton, as he eased into the last 16.

play a hose/light on sth

play of light

I have a wonderful play of light and shade, and the tungsten light gives a very similar effect.

Make notes as you watch the play of light in various areas as the sun tracks east to west across the sky.

pool of water/blood/light etc

A pool of light, expanding circles, merging, dragging me down.

A guard found him lying in a pool of blood, and a doctor saved him.

After they are replaced, the spent fuel rods are cooled for several years in pools of water at the plants.

His black telephone sat captive in a pool of light, ready for interrogation.

She leaves the coach and wanders through fields for many miles until between trees she sees a deep black pool of water.

The kind of pool of light depends on whether the bulb fitted inside is a spot, flood or an ordinary bulb.

Then on the fifth day, mid-morning, a pool of light as pale and clear as moonstone appeared on the horizon.

There was a pool of blood on the tarmac now, around his head.

punch sb's lights out

run a (red) light

An old man who worked in a poultry store was stopped for running a light.

For every motorist who runs a red light, there are five pedestrians who do it.

It was going to sea with only its running lights on.

Jones still faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and an infraction for running a red light.

Men are more likely to run a red light, forget to signal, or drink and drive.

The running lights flashed off and a thick silence filled up the day.

The bigger issue is, will San Franciscans still be allowed to run red lights across Market Street?

When you run a red light, a few coins save a fine.

see the light

But soon he could only see the lights of the boat in the distance.

Each has attracted his or her share of supporters who could also see the light once it was pointed out to them.

Five minutes later he saw the lights of a village pub.

From two blocks away you can see the light radiating up into the sky.

It was uncanny and Maggie was never so glad to see the light from her own room and get Ana back indoors.

One must have experienced deeply, known greatness - seen the light, as he said.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

You were sitting in your seat, pressed back by the acceleration, and you saw the light beams curve.

see the light of day

Business contracts go through armies of lawyers before they see the light of day.

Most observers predict the bill won't see the light of day until at least January.

And eventually, Guinness as we know it, rich subtle and dark, is ready to see the light of day.

Get to the back of the drawers and cupboards - areas which don't often see the light of day.

I am not too worried about the new council tax because I doubt whether it will see the light of day.

I never sold a garment or got an order from this source, I wonder if they saw the light of day.

Many of Brindley's ideas were regarded as the hair-brained schemes of a madman which would never see the light of day.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

The implication must be that a lot of bids are being planned but never see the light of day.

There's so much good stuff that has never seen the light of day.

shed light

A fretful wind was not enough to open them and shed light on the ruptured earth in which they lay.

An analysis of the results should shed light on the workings of the Northern Ireland labour market.

Brophy said the man was not considered a suspect, but investigators hope he can shed light on what started the blaze.

Eastin and her task force hope to shed light on the challenge by early next year.

Podesta's role sheds light on both questions.

The extent of Hygeberht's authority perhaps sheds light on Offa's principal area of interest.

Therefore they shed light on the comparative institutional questions with which we are concerned.

show sb in a good/bad etc light

streak of lightning/fire/light etc

A streak of lightning split the sky.

Sometimes there is hope, a streak of light, a blur on a piece of film.

The three women were wreaking havoc with their guns that fired streaks of light.

There was another streak of lightning overhead.

string of pearls/lights/beads etc

A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?

A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.

Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.

Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.

There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.

When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.

the Southern Lights

throw a light/shadow

Begin from a fighting stance, perhaps by throwing a light snap punch into the opponent's face from the front hand.

But the flames were growing higher, throwing light, casting dancing shadows.

Fossils do throw light on the history of the lateral line and tail.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

He uses relativity to throw light on time and eternity, and indeterminacy to comment on free will.

The role of premises is to throw light on a subject; the role of evidences is to give weight to it.

Understanding the nature and activities of such organisations helped throw light upon issues of town identity and representation.

Where once they flew in such flocks that they threw shadows over the earth, they now survive in a few straggling colonies.

throw light on sth

A comparison of the two will throw light on the crisis of conscience on both occasions.

But I have not found anything in the careful judgment of Mustill L.J. which throws light on the issues presently under consideration.

But my frantic, full-beamed Mayday signal only threw light on a de-iced porthole.

Epidemiological studies sometimes threw light on preventable causes of cancer.

Experiments to throw light on the processes at work must themselves be long-term.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

It also seeks to throw light on the role assumed by planters and the planting lobby in society at large.

Life-positions throw light on why it is that some people tend to be winners and some losers in life.

trip the light fantastic

Among their routines as they trip the light fantastic at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington are the old time and modern dances.

turn the light out

He turned the light out as the clergyman left the room.

I take the car up as far as it will go, then turn the lights out.

They turned the lights out and sat in fear.

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

light yogurt

a light blue shirt

a light breeze

a light dessert

a light white wine

Heat rises because hot air is lighter than cold air.

I try to have a light workout every day.

Jones received only a light punishment.

Modern tennis rackets are much lighter than old-fashioned wooden ones.

She has light brown hair.

She prepared a light lunch of salad and cheese.

She was light as a feather to carry, and her hands were cold as ice.

Some ministers are suggesting that there should be much lighter penalties for first-time offenders.

The hallway led to a light and spacious studio.

The kitchen is light and airy, with a fantastic view.

The sentence was surprisingly light for such a serious offence.

The studio was light and spacious.

The traffic's much lighter than usual.

They both have brown hair, but Tina's is slightly lighter.

This is a nice jacket and we also do it in a light green.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All light aircraft maintenance workshops would most certainly have one for synchronizing and timing port and starboard magnetos on piston engines.

Anyway, say packagers, their wrappings have become lighter.

He opened the window and a light fresh breeze clutched at the curtains.

He was making sure they were not exposed to any form of light source, however muted.

M., the two cars sped along the autostrada toward Brescia in a light mist.

Now it was light enough to leave.

The lighter electro-mechanical version had 60 movements, 30 of them in the head, and was also cable-controlled.

The best rocket exhaust is a very light , very hot gas.

III. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

brightly

The castle was brightly lit , she saw.

They are surrounded by high metal fences, guarded by police all day, and brightly lit by spotlights through the night.

Some other species are easily fooled by artificial light . Brightly lit city areas can give songbirds insomnia.

The room was quite brightly lit by two gas brackets, one at each side of a shining black stove.

The platform is brightly lit and filled with people waiting for the train to pull in.

In the dressing room afterwards, brightly lit by the new Tantallum electric lamps, the atmosphere was just as electric.

Instead, patronize brightly lit all-night delicatessens.

dimly

Some streets are dimly lit by smoking torches, but the houses have only the shadowy light of candles and oil-lamps.

An old wood stove decorates the center of the dimly lit hall.

The stack swung in farther, revealing a long, damp passageway, dimly lit with strip lights.

In her dimly lit living-room she had a gumball machine welcoming Kenny and me and the many other children who visited often.

The room was dimly lit by indirect illumination.

Mira Sorvino stars in this dim-witted, dimly lit monster flick about gigantic cockroaches living in the New York subway system.

The sonar room was heavily insulated against all outside noise and dimly lit by subdued yellow lighting.

Finally, you arrive in the paint scraper aisle, a dimly lit gulag in the rear of the store.

up

Balancing awkwardly on her elbows, she lit up .

Finally they turned out the lights and the screen lit up .

Neighbours raised the alarm when they saw flames light up the early-hours darkness in Ferry Road, Edinburgh.

He is outspoken, witty, occasionally vulgar, and when he smiles his whole face lights up .

I had lit up a cigarette on leaving aunt's house, without realising it.

Only when she mentions the name Miranda do their eyes light up with respect.

Only long-stay patients will be able to light up after May 31.

And the fog lighting up around him.

■ NOUN

candle

The first candles were being lit , and the stars were out.

A smoke candle was lit inside the test chamber.

Last night Lois put a candle inside and lit up a happy mouth of three significant teeth.

In a moment the candle was lit again, and I recognized my attacker.

We groped around in the darkness, found a fat tallow candle and I lit it with my tinder.

The candle was then lit by her partner, and placed between her lips.

She was smiling and her whole face shone as if candles had been lit inside her.

cigar

He lit one of the cigars which he smoked nonstop and blew rich smoke upwards.

In the fresh air I light my first cigar of the day, and break the match before I drop it.

He shouldn't be lighting a cigar .

His own father would lie down after dinner, light a cigar , and listen to classical music.

In a sullen silence he lit a cigar and helped himself to a stiff measure of brandy.

Hill lit his first cigar of the afternoon and thought how popular his investigation should be.

He shifted in his seat, half at his ease, and lit a cigar .

cigarette

He declined the cigarette , he lit for himself a small cigar.

She flopped down on an unmade king-sized bed, staring at me as she took up a cigarette and lit it.

Dexter looked up expectantly, a loop of ash dangling from the end of the cigarette he had lit in her absence.

He took out a cigarette and lit it, finding it hard to look into her probing eyes.

Dunne rolled another cigarette and lit it.

fire

Once the fire is lit , it has to be kept going and refuelled as necessary.

His house looked mysterious by candlelight, as if small votive fires had been lit for some ritual.

There was a scrape as she brought a taper forth from a tin box and leaned towards the fire to light it.

When the fire was lit , the sorcerer threw a powder on the flames and said a magic charm.

The fire was lit and our group won.

In the morning, she rose early and already the fires were lit and breakfast cooking on the range.

The hearth was drifted up with cinders that had been left uncleared when today's fire was lit .

flame

The night sky was lit by flames from burning cars, the smoky air stinging with tear gas.

fuse

Last month it lit the fuse on one of the biggest news stories of the year.

United lit the fuse for a quality cup tie by giving everything they had against the big boys from the premier league.

Increases light a fuse for smokers Cigarettes, beer and wine all go up.

Pat Nevin lit the fuse by making it 2-0.

gas

He lit the gas mantle and light beamed.

Stephan lit the gas lantern and placed it near the door.

The room was quite brightly lit by two gas brackets, one at each side of a shining black stove.

She lit the gas and filled the kettle, then warmed her hands over the lid while the water boiled.

He also lit the portable gas fire.

She was able to light the gas and make tea in the big brown family teapot.

She lights the gas stove, and makes herself a breakfast of muesli, wholemeal toast and decaffeinated coffee.

He lit one of the gas mantles above the fireplace.

match

I find her some matches and try and light one, but it won't light.

Eulah Mae saw her sharply strike a match against a square match box to light a cigarette over a fresh beer.

Thus my belief that striking the match will light it is justified inferentially.

Louis struck a match and lit his pipe.

The little match girl lit another match.

pipe

Louis struck a match and lit his pipe .

More solemn shadows flared as he lit his pipe , the sound of the drawing air strained and high.

He lights a long pipe and draws in the smoke before handing it to me.

He had difficulty sleeping and sometimes would call out in the night for me to help him light his pipe .

Only Donald was moving in the room - lighting his pipe , shaking a paper open.

■ VERB

bring

The chief means of proactive enforcement is routine sampling, which will bring to light or confirm the existence of persistent pollutions.

It brought to light chronic problems with staff and aging equipment.

This programme of research has already brought to light unnoticed phenomena of children's different abilities to communicate in the classroom.

These three cases are instances of a civilization working over its own heritage something rarely brought fully to light .

The film also brings to light the fascinating ideological battles that took place within the party.

Identification Definitions of pollution are bound up with the process by which pollution is formally brought to light and identified.

This brings to light a characteristic which most Constitutions exhibit.

There are still other texts which have yet to be critically edited and brought to light .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a ray of hope/light etc

Amid the crushing disappointment of the general election there was a ray of light for the Conservatives.

Besides, today there had been a ray of hope.

But only when a ray of light attempts to pierce this darkness does the real, eerie action unroll.

But the Red Or Dead catwalk show offered a ray of hope.

Each time a ray of light passes through a lens it is slightly weakened.

The Government's resignation is a victory, a ray of hope to take into the dark days ahead.

ambient temperature/light etc

Homeothermy or Homoiothermy Temperature regulation in tachymetabolic species in which core temperatures remain roughly steady despite ambient temperature changes.

If you space heat then you will have an ambient temperature of 75-80°F and even higher humidity.

It really comes into its own with flash as the metering balances the flash against the ambient lighting conditions with great results.

Odour emissions are affected by wind direction, temperature inversion, ambient temperatures and humidity.

The ambient temperature for each day of the study was determined from local weekly weather statistics.

The ambient temperature in Celsius is roughly equal to the number of cricket chirps in 8 seconds plus 5.

at first light

The search continued at first light.

They left camp at first light and were in the mountains by nightfall.

A small flock of evening grosbeaks flew over, and at first light I heard chickadees and goldfinches.

It was black as night at new moon and white as frost at first light.

Mountain rescue teams continued the hunt overnight, and a full-scale search resumed at first light.

The ambush would leave its position the next morning, at first light, to return.

The Caribou took off at first light.

We have had trouble at first light with the Khmer Rouge.

be all sweetness and light

The negotiations were not all sweetness and light.

big/light/fussy etc eater

During the time she was living with the Abramses, Katelyn was happy and a big eater , Carter said.

While never a big eater , he did tend to snack it through the day and night.

drenched in/with light

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

guiding light/hand/star

And that is what Aeneas's young son did under the guiding hand of Alecto.

Eddie was his hero, his guiding light.

Father Peter, its guiding light, was also its provider of funds and sustenance.

That will be the guiding light of the next Labour government.

To followers, he is more than just a guiding light - he is the Messiah.

Under Mr Yarrow's guiding hand, the reputation of the school was untarnished, these five long years.

hide your light under a bushel

in the cold light of day

I knew that, in the cold light of day, he held all the aces.

Night-time madness isn't appealing, seen in the cold light of day.

leading light

Another was a leading light opera singer in the local community.

By now, Braudel had become one of its leading lights, and from 1956 to 1968 he was virtually its editor.

Harrison, a man of simple birth and high intelligence, crossed swords with the leading lights of his day.

On renouncing alcohol he was pardoned and he set sail for Darlington where he became a leading light in the Society.

She loves gym workouts, swimming and playing netball - she is a leading light in a local women's team.

The merchants were the leading lights of the popolo grasso or rich bourgeoisie.

This victory may set Stretch up with a world-title elimination fight with Britain's other leading light middleweight, Chris Pyatt.

light a fire under sb

They had come in the night and lit a fire under the stage.

light years ago

light years ahead/better etc than sth

light/comic relief

After a day's work, it was a bit of light relief to use it.

After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.

All we can say is that, between them, the team eventually raises £3,450 for Comic Relief charities.

Cold people shake Comic Relief canisters.

For comic relief , obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.

Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.

If it afforded the guardians a little light relief , the minutes do not suggest that the complaint was taken anything but seriously.

Then, for light relief , this page: murder and murder trials.

light/fair/dark complected

make short/light work of sth

But she made light work of polishing off the shopping at a supermarket near her West London home.

Carmen would have made short work of Michael too.

Fourth placed Guisborough made short work of the opposition at Saltburn.

Guernsey made short work of the opposition when they won the event on home soil in 1990.

It is fair to warn anglers that thousands of crabs soon make short work of rag and lugworm.

It made short work of our Windows performance tests, WinTach, clocking up an impressive index of over 9.3.

The second game we pull away early and make short work of it.

Willie Thorne made light work of the promising Nottinghamshire youngster, Anthony Hamilton, as he eased into the last 16.

naked light/flame/sword etc

A very powerful naked light bulb hung from the office ceiling.

Both men were armed, each carrying a naked sword and dirk.

He is like a naked light.

Obviously this is untrue - it is not the naked light that Blanche can not stand, it is the truth.

She likes to cover up the truth like she covers over the naked light.

She turned, all flaxen and pink and white, haloed by the naked light bulbs round the mirror.

This gives a double meaning to Blanche's hatred of naked light.

play of light

I have a wonderful play of light and shade, and the tungsten light gives a very similar effect.

Make notes as you watch the play of light in various areas as the sun tracks east to west across the sky.

pool of water/blood/light etc

A pool of light, expanding circles, merging, dragging me down.

A guard found him lying in a pool of blood, and a doctor saved him.

After they are replaced, the spent fuel rods are cooled for several years in pools of water at the plants.

His black telephone sat captive in a pool of light, ready for interrogation.

She leaves the coach and wanders through fields for many miles until between trees she sees a deep black pool of water.

The kind of pool of light depends on whether the bulb fitted inside is a spot, flood or an ordinary bulb.

Then on the fifth day, mid-morning, a pool of light as pale and clear as moonstone appeared on the horizon.

There was a pool of blood on the tarmac now, around his head.

streak of lightning/fire/light etc

A streak of lightning split the sky.

Sometimes there is hope, a streak of light, a blur on a piece of film.

The three women were wreaking havoc with their guns that fired streaks of light.

There was another streak of lightning overhead.

string of pearls/lights/beads etc

A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?

A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.

Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.

Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.

There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.

When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.

the Southern Lights

the bright lights

First I turned off the brightest lights.

He gestured toward the street, the bright lights of Osaka shining before us.

In the bright lights of the foyer his face was clearly illuminated.

Instead Elizabeth spent a year at business college in St Albans before joining the bright lights of London's magazine world.

It had to be the cold air and the bright lights against the darkness.

Self- imposed pressure Lately, she has wondered if her message is getting lost in the bright lights of television.

Under the bright lights in the train, both boy and man look pale, lifeless.

Young Gilbey's passion was cars and he skipped going to university to move to the bright lights of London.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I leaned forward to light her cigarette.

Osborn's Christmas display is lighted by some 30,000 colored bulbs.

Ricky sat down and lit a cigarette.

The fire won't light .

The old man lit a cigarette and took a puff.

The old man struck a match and lit his pipe.

The room was lit by dozens of candles.

We searched around for twigs and fallen branches, so we could light a fire.

What are you going to use to light the stage?

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

From the other, funnels of smoke poured with flames licking behind them, lighting the dark smoke garishly.

She waved for them to start and felt her face flush as she sat down and lit the candle.

The airline clearly agrees and is resolved to defend the freedom to light up.

The corridor inside was a grey conduit for numerous pipes and fittings, lit by plain white bulbs.

They could light no fire, and Ratagan prophesied gloomily that their camp that night would be cheerless.

IV. adverb

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a ray of hope/light etc

Amid the crushing disappointment of the general election there was a ray of light for the Conservatives.

Besides, today there had been a ray of hope.

But only when a ray of light attempts to pierce this darkness does the real, eerie action unroll.

But the Red Or Dead catwalk show offered a ray of hope.

Each time a ray of light passes through a lens it is slightly weakened.

The Government's resignation is a victory, a ray of hope to take into the dark days ahead.

ambient temperature/light etc

Homeothermy or Homoiothermy Temperature regulation in tachymetabolic species in which core temperatures remain roughly steady despite ambient temperature changes.

If you space heat then you will have an ambient temperature of 75-80°F and even higher humidity.

It really comes into its own with flash as the metering balances the flash against the ambient lighting conditions with great results.

Odour emissions are affected by wind direction, temperature inversion, ambient temperatures and humidity.

The ambient temperature for each day of the study was determined from local weekly weather statistics.

The ambient temperature in Celsius is roughly equal to the number of cricket chirps in 8 seconds plus 5.

at first light

The search continued at first light.

They left camp at first light and were in the mountains by nightfall.

A small flock of evening grosbeaks flew over, and at first light I heard chickadees and goldfinches.

It was black as night at new moon and white as frost at first light.

Mountain rescue teams continued the hunt overnight, and a full-scale search resumed at first light.

The ambush would leave its position the next morning, at first light, to return.

The Caribou took off at first light.

We have had trouble at first light with the Khmer Rouge.

be all sweetness and light

The negotiations were not all sweetness and light.

be bathed in light/sunshine etc

He threw open a side door off the first-floor hall, and we were bathed in light.

big/light/fussy etc eater

During the time she was living with the Abramses, Katelyn was happy and a big eater , Carter said.

While never a big eater , he did tend to snack it through the day and night.

cast light on/onto sth

The convergence of the techniques will cast light on perspectives and how they are controlled.

The different ways in which superantigens activate T cells casts light on the pathogenesis of infectious disease.

The incident has cast light on the creeping privatisation of the drug war.

The investigation explores the possibility of using probate inventories to cast light on this and related questions.

We use this to cast light on a metaphor of which we are given no other interpretation.

dim your headlights/lights

dip your headlights/lights

He put his foot on the accelerator and dipped his headlights.

drenched in/with light

give sb/sth the green light

The board just gave us the green light to begin research.

Doctors gave him the green light yesterday to start against New Orleans on Sunday night.

Everyone has given it the green light.

guiding light/hand/star

And that is what Aeneas's young son did under the guiding hand of Alecto.

Eddie was his hero, his guiding light.

Father Peter, its guiding light, was also its provider of funds and sustenance.

That will be the guiding light of the next Labour government.

To followers, he is more than just a guiding light - he is the Messiah.

Under Mr Yarrow's guiding hand, the reputation of the school was untarnished, these five long years.

hide your light under a bushel

in the cold light of day

I knew that, in the cold light of day, he held all the aces.

Night-time madness isn't appealing, seen in the cold light of day.

jump a light

leading light

Another was a leading light opera singer in the local community.

By now, Braudel had become one of its leading lights, and from 1956 to 1968 he was virtually its editor.

Harrison, a man of simple birth and high intelligence, crossed swords with the leading lights of his day.

On renouncing alcohol he was pardoned and he set sail for Darlington where he became a leading light in the Society.

She loves gym workouts, swimming and playing netball - she is a leading light in a local women's team.

The merchants were the leading lights of the popolo grasso or rich bourgeoisie.

This victory may set Stretch up with a world-title elimination fight with Britain's other leading light middleweight, Chris Pyatt.

light a fire under sb

They had come in the night and lit a fire under the stage.

light years ago

light years ahead/better etc than sth

light/comic relief

After a day's work, it was a bit of light relief to use it.

After this beginning some light relief must have been welcome.

All we can say is that, between them, the team eventually raises £3,450 for Comic Relief charities.

Cold people shake Comic Relief canisters.

For comic relief , obviously; but we also suspect a topical reference worth considering as evidence in the dating game.

Her only light relief was Tony, who took her out every night.

If it afforded the guardians a little light relief , the minutes do not suggest that the complaint was taken anything but seriously.

Then, for light relief , this page: murder and murder trials.

light/fair/dark complected

make short/light work of sth

But she made light work of polishing off the shopping at a supermarket near her West London home.

Carmen would have made short work of Michael too.

Fourth placed Guisborough made short work of the opposition at Saltburn.

Guernsey made short work of the opposition when they won the event on home soil in 1990.

It is fair to warn anglers that thousands of crabs soon make short work of rag and lugworm.

It made short work of our Windows performance tests, WinTach, clocking up an impressive index of over 9.3.

The second game we pull away early and make short work of it.

Willie Thorne made light work of the promising Nottinghamshire youngster, Anthony Hamilton, as he eased into the last 16.

naked light/flame/sword etc

A very powerful naked light bulb hung from the office ceiling.

Both men were armed, each carrying a naked sword and dirk.

He is like a naked light.

Obviously this is untrue - it is not the naked light that Blanche can not stand, it is the truth.

She likes to cover up the truth like she covers over the naked light.

She turned, all flaxen and pink and white, haloed by the naked light bulbs round the mirror.

This gives a double meaning to Blanche's hatred of naked light.

play a hose/light on sth

play of light

I have a wonderful play of light and shade, and the tungsten light gives a very similar effect.

Make notes as you watch the play of light in various areas as the sun tracks east to west across the sky.

pool of water/blood/light etc

A pool of light, expanding circles, merging, dragging me down.

A guard found him lying in a pool of blood, and a doctor saved him.

After they are replaced, the spent fuel rods are cooled for several years in pools of water at the plants.

His black telephone sat captive in a pool of light, ready for interrogation.

She leaves the coach and wanders through fields for many miles until between trees she sees a deep black pool of water.

The kind of pool of light depends on whether the bulb fitted inside is a spot, flood or an ordinary bulb.

Then on the fifth day, mid-morning, a pool of light as pale and clear as moonstone appeared on the horizon.

There was a pool of blood on the tarmac now, around his head.

punch sb's lights out

run a (red) light

An old man who worked in a poultry store was stopped for running a light.

For every motorist who runs a red light, there are five pedestrians who do it.

It was going to sea with only its running lights on.

Jones still faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and an infraction for running a red light.

Men are more likely to run a red light, forget to signal, or drink and drive.

The running lights flashed off and a thick silence filled up the day.

The bigger issue is, will San Franciscans still be allowed to run red lights across Market Street?

When you run a red light, a few coins save a fine.

see the light

But soon he could only see the lights of the boat in the distance.

Each has attracted his or her share of supporters who could also see the light once it was pointed out to them.

Five minutes later he saw the lights of a village pub.

From two blocks away you can see the light radiating up into the sky.

It was uncanny and Maggie was never so glad to see the light from her own room and get Ana back indoors.

One must have experienced deeply, known greatness - seen the light, as he said.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

You were sitting in your seat, pressed back by the acceleration, and you saw the light beams curve.

see the light of day

Business contracts go through armies of lawyers before they see the light of day.

Most observers predict the bill won't see the light of day until at least January.

And eventually, Guinness as we know it, rich subtle and dark, is ready to see the light of day.

Get to the back of the drawers and cupboards - areas which don't often see the light of day.

I am not too worried about the new council tax because I doubt whether it will see the light of day.

I never sold a garment or got an order from this source, I wonder if they saw the light of day.

Many of Brindley's ideas were regarded as the hair-brained schemes of a madman which would never see the light of day.

Sadly, for it was a lively, largely autobiographical piece, it would never see the light of day.

The implication must be that a lot of bids are being planned but never see the light of day.

There's so much good stuff that has never seen the light of day.

shed light

A fretful wind was not enough to open them and shed light on the ruptured earth in which they lay.

An analysis of the results should shed light on the workings of the Northern Ireland labour market.

Brophy said the man was not considered a suspect, but investigators hope he can shed light on what started the blaze.

Eastin and her task force hope to shed light on the challenge by early next year.

Podesta's role sheds light on both questions.

The extent of Hygeberht's authority perhaps sheds light on Offa's principal area of interest.

Therefore they shed light on the comparative institutional questions with which we are concerned.

show sb in a good/bad etc light

streak of lightning/fire/light etc

A streak of lightning split the sky.

Sometimes there is hope, a streak of light, a blur on a piece of film.

The three women were wreaking havoc with their guns that fired streaks of light.

There was another streak of lightning overhead.

string of pearls/lights/beads etc

A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?

A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.

Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.

Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.

There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.

When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.

the Southern Lights

the bright lights

First I turned off the brightest lights.

He gestured toward the street, the bright lights of Osaka shining before us.

In the bright lights of the foyer his face was clearly illuminated.

Instead Elizabeth spent a year at business college in St Albans before joining the bright lights of London's magazine world.

It had to be the cold air and the bright lights against the darkness.

Self- imposed pressure Lately, she has wondered if her message is getting lost in the bright lights of television.

Under the bright lights in the train, both boy and man look pale, lifeless.

Young Gilbey's passion was cars and he skipped going to university to move to the bright lights of London.

throw a light/shadow

Begin from a fighting stance, perhaps by throwing a light snap punch into the opponent's face from the front hand.

But the flames were growing higher, throwing light, casting dancing shadows.

Fossils do throw light on the history of the lateral line and tail.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

He uses relativity to throw light on time and eternity, and indeterminacy to comment on free will.

The role of premises is to throw light on a subject; the role of evidences is to give weight to it.

Understanding the nature and activities of such organisations helped throw light upon issues of town identity and representation.

Where once they flew in such flocks that they threw shadows over the earth, they now survive in a few straggling colonies.

throw light on sth

A comparison of the two will throw light on the crisis of conscience on both occasions.

But I have not found anything in the careful judgment of Mustill L.J. which throws light on the issues presently under consideration.

But my frantic, full-beamed Mayday signal only threw light on a de-iced porthole.

Epidemiological studies sometimes threw light on preventable causes of cancer.

Experiments to throw light on the processes at work must themselves be long-term.

Geographical comparison of patterns of lawbreaking sometimes throws light on more general differences in social and economic conditions.

It also seeks to throw light on the role assumed by planters and the planting lobby in society at large.

Life-positions throw light on why it is that some people tend to be winners and some losers in life.

trip the light fantastic

Among their routines as they trip the light fantastic at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington are the old time and modern dances.

turn the light out

He turned the light out as the clergyman left the room.

I take the car up as far as it will go, then turn the lights out.

They turned the lights out and sat in fear.

Would you mind turning the light out, Robert?

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.