Lighted lighted up in a flame
- 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
- 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.
"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.
- "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.)).
(v. i.) To spring straight down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.
- (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.
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.