[ lahy-ting ]
/ ˈlaɪ tɪŋ /


the act of igniting or illuminating: the lighting of many candles; the annual lighting of the Christmas tree.
the arrangement of lights to achieve particular effects: to work out the lighting for one's living room.
an effect achieved by the arrangement of lights: Several critics praised the lighting of the play.
the science, theory, or method of achieving particular effects by the use of lights.
the way light falls upon a face, object, etc., especially in a picture.

Origin of lighting

before 1000; Middle English lightinge, Old English līhting. See light1, -ing1


self-light·ing, adjective

Definition for lighting (2 of 3)

Origin of light

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


light·ful, adjective light·ful·ly, adverb

Definition for lighting (3 of 3)

light 3
[ lahyt ]
/ laɪt /

verb (used without object), light·ed or lit, light·ing.

to get down or descend, as from a horse or a vehicle.
to come to rest, as on a spot or thing; fall or settle upon; land: The bird lighted on the branch. My eye lighted on some friends in the crowd.
to come by chance; happen; hit (usually followed by on or upon): to light on a clue; to light on an ideal picnic spot.
to fall, as a stroke, weapon, vengeance, or choice, on a place or person: The choice lighted upon our candidate.

Verb Phrases

light into, Informal. to make a vigorous physical or verbal attack on: He would light into anyone with the slightest provocation.
light out, Slang. to leave quickly; depart hurriedly: He lit out of here as fast as his legs would carry him.

Origin of light

before 900; Middle English lihten, Old English līhtan to make light, relieve of a weight; see light2

Example sentences from the Web for lighting

British Dictionary definitions for lighting (1 of 4)

/ (ˈlaɪtɪŋ) /


the act or quality of illumination or ignition
the apparatus for supplying artificial light effects to a stage, film, or television set
the distribution of light on an object or figure, as in painting, photography, etc

British Dictionary definitions for lighting (2 of 4)

/ (laɪt) /


God regarded as a source of illuminating grace and strength
Quakerism short for Inner Light

British Dictionary definitions for lighting (3 of 4)

light 1
/ (laɪt) /



verb lights, lighting, lighted or lit (lɪt)

See also lights 1, light up

Derived forms of light

lightish, adjective lightless, adjective

Word Origin for light

Old English lēoht; related to Old High German lioht, Gothic liuhath, Latin lux

British Dictionary definitions for lighting (4 of 4)

light 2
/ (laɪt) /



a less common word for lightly
with little equipment, baggage, etc to travel light

verb lights, lighting, lighted or lit (lɪt) (intr)

Derived forms of light

lightish, adjective lightly, adverb lightness, noun

Word Origin for light

Old English lēoht; related to Dutch licht, Gothic leihts

Medical definitions for lighting

[ līt ]


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.
Electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength.

Scientific definitions for lighting

[ līt ]

Electromagnetic radiation that can be perceived by the human eye. It is made up of electromagnetic waves with wavelengths between 4 X 10-7 and 7 X 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.
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.

Cultural definitions for lighting


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.)

Idioms and Phrases with lighting