1 [uh-lahyt]
verb (used without object), alighted or alit, alighting.
to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree.
to encounter or notice something accidentally.

before 1000; Middle English alighten, Old English ālīhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + līhtan to relieve (originally an animal mount) of weight, light2) Unabridged
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alight1 (əˈlaɪt)
vb , alights, alighting, alighted, alit
1.  (usually foll by from) to step out (of) or get down (from): to alight from a taxi
2.  to come to rest; settle; land: a thrush alighted on the wall
[Old English ālīhtan, from a-² + līhtan to make less heavy, from līhtlight²]

alight2 (əˈlaɪt)
adj, —adv
1.  burning; on fire
2.  illuminated; lit up
[Old English ālīht lit up, from ālīhtan to light up; see light1]

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Word Origin & History

"to descend, dismount," O.E. alihtan, from a- "down, aside" (see a- (1)) + lihtan "get off, make light" (see light (v.)).

"on fire," early 15c., apparently from M.E. aliht, pp. of alihton (O.E. on-lihtan) "to light up," also "to shine upon" (see light (n.)).
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Example sentences
These are released as spores, alighting elsewhere and starting the cycle over
No need to cast one in bronze, though, with so many live ones alighting on the
Suppose, for a moment, that you are alighting from a spaceship.
During the sixties realism hovered in the air without definitely alighting.
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