alight

1 [uh-lahyt]
verb (used without object), alighted or alit, alighting.
1.
to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.
2.
to settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree.
3.
to encounter or notice something accidentally.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English alighten, Old English ālīhtan, equivalent to ā- a-3 + līhtan to relieve (originally an animal mount) of weight, light2)

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

alight
"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
All that was a bit too much to convey to my actress friend, who soon alighted
  from the subway.
He alighted, and takes his sling for them out of the chariot.
The unsuspecting couple alighted from a limo, she in a glittering white gown
  and he in a crisp tuxedo.
My mouth must have gone slack: a snowflake alighted on my tongue.
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