lightness

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlaɪtnəs/
  • Hyphenation: light‧ness

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lightnes, lightnesse,[1] from Old English līhtnes; equivalent to light (bright, luminous, adjective) +‎ -ness (suffix forming nouns).

Noun[edit]

lightness (countable and uncountable, plural lightnesses)

  1. (uncountable) the condition of being illuminated
  2. (uncountable) the relative whiteness or transparency of a colour
  3. (countable) The product of being illuminated.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lightnes, lightnesse,[2]; equivalent to light (not heavy, adjective) +‎ -ness (suffix forming nouns).

Noun[edit]

lightness (uncountable)

  1. The state of having little (or less) weight, or little force.
    • 1960 January, “The Swindon Type "4" diesel-hydraulic units”, in Trains Illustrated, page 39:
      The unique chassis design is largely the secret of the lightness of the locomotive.
  2. Agility of movement.
  3. Freedom from worry.
  4. Levity, frivolity; inconsistency.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , New York 2001, p.75:
      Seneca [] accounts it a filthy lightness in men, every day to lay new foundations of their life, but who doth otherwise?
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References[edit]

  1. ^ lightnes(se, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. ^ lightnes(se, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 8 November 2019.

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