hide one's light under a bushel


1 [lahyt]
something that makes things visible or affords illumination: All colors depend on light.
Also called luminous energy, radiant energy. electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon.
a similar form of radiant energy that does not affect the retina, as ultraviolet or infrared rays.
the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of sight.
an illuminating agent or source, as the sun, a lamp, or a beacon.
the radiance or illumination from a particular source: the light of a candle.
the illumination from the sun; daylight: We awoke at the first light.
daybreak or dawn: when light appeared in the east.
daytime: Summer has more hours of light.
a particular light or illumination in which an object seen takes on a certain appearance: viewing the portrait in dim light.
a device for or means of igniting, as a spark, flame, or match: Could you give me a light?
a traffic light: Don't cross till the light changes.
the aspect in which a thing appears or is regarded: Try to look at the situation in a more cheerful light.
the state of being visible, exposed to view, or revealed to public notice or knowledge; limelight: Stardom has placed her in the light.
a person who is an outstanding leader, celebrity, or example; luminary: He became one of the leading lights of Restoration drama.
the effect of light falling on an object or scene as represented in a picture.
one of the brightest parts of a picture.
a gleam or sparkle, as in the eyes.
a measure or supply of light; illumination: The wall cuts off our light.
spiritual illumination or awareness; enlightenment.
Also called day. one compartment of a window or window sash.
a window, especially a small one.
mental insight; understanding.
lights, the information, ideas, or mental capacities possessed: to act according to one's lights.
a lighthouse.
Archaic. the eyesight.
adjective, lighter, lightest.
having light or illumination; bright; well-lighted: the lightest room in the entire house.
pale, whitish, or not deep or dark in color: a light blue.
(of coffee or tea) containing enough milk or cream to produce a light color.
verb (used with object), lighted or lit, lighting.
to set burning, as a candle, lamp, fire, match, or cigarette; kindle; ignite.
to turn or switch on (an electric light): One flick of the master switch lights all the lamps in the room.
to give light to; furnish with light or illumination: The room is lighted by two large chandeliers.
to make (an area or object) bright with or as if with light (often followed by up ): Hundreds of candles lighted up the ballroom.
to cause (the face, surroundings, etc.) to brighten, especially with joy, animation, or the like (often followed by up ): A smile lit up her face. Her presence lighted up the room.
to guide or conduct with a light: a candle to light you to bed.
verb (used without object), lighted or lit, lighting.
to take fire or become kindled: The damp wood refused to light.
to ignite a cigar, cigarette, or pipe for purposes of smoking (usually followed by up ): He took out a pipe and lighted up before speaking.
to become illuminated when switched on: This table lamp won't light.
to become bright, as with light or color (often followed by up ): The sky lights up at sunset.
to brighten with animation or joy, as the face or eyes (often followed by up ).
bring to light, to discover or reveal: The excavations brought to light the remnants of an ancient civilization.
come to light, to be discovered or revealed: Some previously undiscovered letters have lately come to light.
hide one's light under a bushel, to conceal or suppress one's talents or successes.
in a good / bad light, under favorable (or unfavorable) circumstances: She worshiped him, but then she'd only seen him in a good light.
in (the) light of, taking into account; because of; considering: It was necessary to review the decision in the light of recent developments.
light at the end of the tunnel, a prospect of success, relief, or redemption: We haven't solved the problem yet, but we're beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel.
see the light,
to come into existence or being.
to be made public.
to begin to accept or understand a point of view one formerly opposed: Her father was opposed to her attending an out-of-town college, but he finally saw the light.
shed / throw light on, to clarify; clear up: His deathbed confession threw light on a mystery of long standing.

before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English; Old English lēoht; cognate with Old Saxon lioht, Old Frisian liacht, Dutch, German licht, Gothic liuhath (noun); akin to Old Norse ljōs (noun), ljōss (adj.), Latin lūx (noun), Greek leukós bright, white; (v.) Middle English lighten, Old English līhtan, cognate with Old Saxon liuhtian, Old High German liuhten (German leuchten), Gothic liuhtjan

lightful, adjective
lightfully, adverb

1. light, lite ; 2. lighted, lit.
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light1 (laɪt)
1.  the medium of illumination that makes sight possible
2.  Also called: visible radiation electromagnetic radiation that is capable of causing a visual sensation and has wavelengths from about 380 to about 780 nanometres
3.  (not in technical usage) electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength outside this range, esp ultraviolet radiation: ultraviolet light
4.  the sensation experienced when electromagnetic radiation within the visible spectrum falls on the retina of the eyeRelated: photo-
5.  anything that illuminates, such as a lamp or candle
6.  See traffic light
7.  a particular quality or type of light: a good light for reading
8.  a.  illumination from the sun during the day; daylight
 b.  the time this appears; daybreak; dawn
9.  anything that allows the entrance of light, such as a window or compartment of a window
10.  the condition of being visible or known (esp in the phrases bringorcome to light)
11.  an aspect or view: he saw it in a different light
12.  mental understanding or spiritual insight
13.  a person considered to be an authority or leader
14.  brightness of countenance, esp a sparkle in the eyes
15.  a.  the act of igniting or kindling something, such as a cigarette
 b.  something that ignites or kindles, esp in a specified manner, such as a spark or flame
 c.  something used for igniting or kindling, such as a match
16.  See lighthouse
17.  a.  the effect of illumination on objects or scenes, as created in a picture
 b.  an area of brightness in a picture, as opposed to shade
18.  a poetic or archaic word for eyesight
19.  the answer to a clue in a crossword
20.  in light of, in the light of in view of; taking into account; considering
21.  light at the end of the tunnel hope for the ending of a difficult or unpleasant situation
22.  out like a light quickly asleep or unconscious
23.  see the light
 a.  to gain sudden insight into or understanding of something
 b.  to experience a religious conversion
24.  see the light, see the light of day
 a.  to come into being
 b.  to come to public notice
25.  shed light on, throw light on to clarify or supply additional information on
26.  stand in a person's light to stand so as to obscure a person's vision
27.  strike a light
 a.  (verb) to ignite something, esp a match, by friction
 b.  (Brit) (interjection) an exclamation of surprise
28.  full of light; well-lighted
29.  medium Compare dark (of a colour) reflecting or transmitting a large amount of light: light yellow
30.  phonetics See dark relating to or denoting an () pronounced with front vowel resonance; clear: the French "l" is much lighter than that of English
vb , lights, lighting, lighted, lit
31.  to ignite or cause to ignite
32.  (often foll by up) to illuminate or cause to illuminate
33.  to make or become cheerful or animated
34.  (tr) to guide or lead by light
Related: photo-
[Old English lēoht; related to Old High German lioht, Gothic liuhath, Latin lux]

light2 (laɪt)
1.  not heavy; weighing relatively little
2.  having relatively low density: magnesium is a light metal
3.  lacking sufficient weight; not agreeing with standard or official weights
4.  not great in degree, intensity, or number: light rain; a light eater
5.  without burdens, difficulties, or problems; easily borne or done: a light heart; light work
6.  graceful, agile, or deft: light fingers
7.  not bulky or clumsy
8.  not serious or profound; entertaining: light verse
9.  without importance or consequence; insignificant: no light matter
10.  frivolous or capricious
11.  loose in morals
12.  dizzy or unclear: a light head
13.  (of bread, cake, etc) spongy or well leavened
14.  easily digested: a light meal
15.  relatively low in alcoholic content: a light wine
16.  (of a soil) having a crumbly texture
17.  of a vessel, lorry, etc
 a.  designed to carry light loads
 b.  not loaded
18.  carrying light arms or equipment: light infantry
19.  Compare heavy (of an industry) engaged in the production of small consumer goods using light machinery
20.  aeronautics (of an aircraft) having a maximum take-off weight less than 5670 kilograms (12 500 pounds)
21.  chem (of an oil fraction obtained from coal tar) having a boiling range between about 100° and 210°C
22.  (of a railway) having a narrow gauge, or in some cases a standard gauge with speed or load restrictions not applied to a main line
23.  bridge
 a.  (of a bid) made on insufficient values
 b.  (of a player) having failed to take sufficient tricks to make his contract
24.  phonetics, prosody Compare heavy See also light (of a syllable, vowel, etc) unaccented or weakly stressed; short
25.  phonetics the least of three levels of stress in an utterance, in such languages as English
26.  informal light on lacking a sufficient quantity of (something)
27.  make light of to treat as insignificant or trifling
28.  a less common word for lightly
29.  with little equipment, baggage, etc: to travel light
vb (foll by on or upon) , lights, lighting, lighted, lit
30.  (esp of birds) to settle or land after flight
31.  to get down from a horse, vehicle, etc
32.  to come upon unexpectedly
33.  to strike or fall on: the choice lighted on me
[Old English lēoht; related to Dutch licht, Gothic leihts]

Light (laɪt)
1.  God regarded as a source of illuminating grace and strength
2.  Quakerism short for Inner Light

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Word Origin & History

"brightness," O.E. leht, earlier leoht, from W.Gmc. *leukhtam (cf. O.Fris. liacht, M.Du. lucht, Ger. Licht), from PIE *leuk- "light, brightness" (cf. Skt. rocate "shines;" Arm. lois "light," lusin "moon;" Gk. leukos "bright, shining, white;" L. lucere "to shine," lux "light," lucidus "clear;" O.C.S.
luci "light;" Lith. laukas "pale;" Welsh llug "gleam, glimmer;" O.Ir. loche "lightning," luchair "brightness;" Hittite lukezi "is bright"). The -gh- was an Anglo-Fr. scribal attempt to render the O.E. hard -h- sound, which has since disappeared. The figurative spiritual sense was in O.E.; the sense of "mental illumination" is first recorded mid-15c. Meaning "something used for igniting" is from 1680s. The related verb is from O.E. lyhtan (cf. O.S. liohtian, Ger. leuchten, Goth. liuhtjan).

"not heavy," from O.E. leoht, from P.Gmc. *lingkhtaz (cf. O.N. lettr, Swed. lätt, O.Fris., M.Du. licht, Ger. leicht, Goth. leihts), from PIE base *le(n)gwh- "light, easy, agile, nimble" (cf. L. levis "light;" see lever). The notion in make light of (1520s) is of "unimportance."
Alternative spelling lite, the darling of advertisers, is first recorded 1962. Light-skirts "woman of easy virtue" is attested from 1590s.

"touch down," from O.E. lihtan "to alight," from P.Gmc. *linkhtijan, lit. "to make light," from *lingkhtaz "not heavy" (see light (adj.)). Apparently the ground sense is "to dismount a horse, etc., and thus relieve it of one's weight." To light out "leave hastily" is 1870,
from a nautical meaning "move out, move heavy objects," of unknown origin but perhaps belonging to this word.
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light (līt)

  1. Electromagnetic radiation that has a wavelength in the range from about 4,000 (violet) to about 7,700 (red) angstroms and may be perceived by the normal unaided human eye.

  2. Electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength.

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light   (līt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Electromagnetic radiation that can be perceived by the human eye. It is made up of electromagnetic waves with wavelengths between 4 × 10-7 and 7 × 10-7 meters. Light, and all other electromagnetic radiation, travels at a speed of about 299,728 km (185,831 mi) per second in a vacuum. See also photon.

  2. Electromagnetic energy of a wavelength just outside the range the human eye can detect, such as infrared light and ultraviolet light. See Note at electromagnetic radiation.

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light definition

The type of electromagnetic wave that is visible to the human eye. Visible light runs along a spectrum from the short wavelengths of violet to the longer wavelengths of red. (See photon.)

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Light definition

the offspring of the divine command (Gen. 1:3). "All the more joyous emotions of the mind, all the pleasing sensations of the frame, all the happy hours of domestic intercourse were habitually described among the Hebrews under imagery derived from light" (1 Kings 11:36; Isa. 58:8; Esther 8:16; Ps. 97:11). Light came also naturally to typify true religion and the felicity it imparts (Ps. 119:105; Isa. 8:20; Matt. 4:16, etc.), and the glorious inheritance of the redeemed (Col. 1:12; Rev. 21:23-25). God is said to dwell in light inaccessible (1 Tim. 6:16). It frequently signifies instruction (Matt. 5:16; John 5:35). In its highest sense it is applied to Christ as the "Sun of righteousness" (Mal. 4:2; Luke 2:32; John 1:7-9). God is styled "the Father of lights" (James 1:17). It is used of angels (2 Cor. 11:14), and of John the Baptist, who was a "burning and a shining light" (John 5:35), and of all true disciples, who are styled "the light of the world" (Matt. 5:14).

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hide one's light under a bushel

Show extreme modesty, as in Even after Paul won the scholarship be went on hiding his light under a bushel. This expression, which does not necessarily express approval of this behavior, has its origin in the New Testament (Matthew 5:15): "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick." [Early 1600s]

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