What does alight mean?

alight meaning in General Dictionary

Lighted lighted up in a flame

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  • To spring down get down or descend since from on horseback or from a carriage to dismount
  • to come calmly to rest, settle
  • lighted up by or as by fire or fire
  • drop
  • To spring straight down, get down, or descend, since from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
  • To descend and settle, lodge, remainder, or stop; because, a flying bird alights on a tree; snowfall alights on a roof.
  • To come or risk (upon).
  • Lighted; lighted up; in a flame.

alight meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"to descend, dismount," Old English alihtan, initially "to lighten, take-off, take away," from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get down, make light" (see light (v.)). The idea is of having down off a horse or vehicle, thus lightening it. Of aircraft (originally balloons) from 1786. Relevant: Alighted; alighting.

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  • "on fire," very early 15c., obviously from Middle English aliht, previous participle of alihton (Old English on-lihtan) "to illuminate," additionally "to shine upon" (see light (letter.)).

alight meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To spring straight down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.

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  • (v. i.) To descend and settle, lodge, sleep, or stop; because, a flying bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.
  • (v. i.) ahead or risk (upon).
  • (a.) Lighted; lighted up; in a flame.

Sentence Examples with the word alight

Terminating the short annual shoot which bears a whorl of four or more leaves below the flower; in this and in some species of the nearly allied genus Trillium (chiefly temperate North America) the flowers have a fetid smell, which together with the dark purple of the ovary and stigmas and frequently also of the stamens and petals, attracts carrion-loving flies, which alight on the stigma and then climb the anthers and become dusted with pollen; the pollen is then carried to the stigmas of another flower.

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