Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 420 (Light)

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#420. Light.-- N. light, ray, beam, stream, gleam, streak, pencil; sunbeam, moonbeam; aurora.

day; sunshine; light of day, light of heaven; moonlight, starlight, sun &c. (luminary) 432 light; daylight, broad daylight, noontide light; noontide, noonday, noonday sun.

glow &c. v.; glimmering &c. v.; glint; play of light, flood of light; phosphorescence, lambent flame.

flush, halo, glory, nimbus, aureola.

spark, scintilla; facula; sparkling &c. v.; emication|, scintillation, flash, blaze, coruscation, fulguration[obs]; flame &c. (fire) 382; lightning, levin[obs], ignis fatuus[Lat], &c. (luminary) 423.

luster, sheen, shimmer, reflexion[Brit], reflection; gloss, tinsel, spangle, brightness, brilliancy, splendor; effulgence, refulgence; fulgor[obs], fulgidity[obs]; dazzlement[obs], resplendence, transplendency[obs]; luminousness &c. adj.; luminosity; lucidity; renitency|, nitency[obs]; radiance,, radiation; irradiation, illumination.

actinic rays, actinism; Roentgen-ray, Xray; photography, heliography; photometer &c. 445.

[Science of light] optics; photology[obs], photometry; dioptrics[obs], catoptrics[obs].

[Distribution of light] chiaroscuro, clairobscur[obs], clear obscure, breadth, light and shade, black and white, tonality.

reflection, refraction, dispersion; refractivity.

V. shine, glow, glitter; glister, glisten; twinkle, gleam; flare, flare up; glare, beam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, sparkle, scintillate, coruscate, flash, blaze; be bright &c. adj.; reflect light, daze, dazzle, bedazzle, radiate, shoot out beams; fulgurate.

clear up, brighten.

lighten, enlighten; levin[obs]; light, light up; irradiate, shine upon; give out a light, hang out a light; cast light upon, cast light in, throw light upon, throw light in, shed light upon, shed luster upon; illume[obs], illumine, illuminate; relume[obs], strike a light; kindle &c. (set fire to) 384.

Adj. shining &c. v.; luminous, luminiferous[obs]; lucid, lucent, luculent[obs], lucific[obs], luciferous; light, lightsome; bright, vivid, splendent[obs], nitid[obs], lustrous, shiny, beamy[obs], scintillant[obs], radiant, lambent; sheen, sheeny; glossy, burnished, glassy, sunny, orient, meridian; noonday, tide; cloudless, clear; unclouded, unobscured[obs].

gairish[obs], garish; resplendent, transplendent[obs]; refulgent, effulgent; fulgid[obs], fulgent[obs]; relucent[obs], splendid, blazing, in a blaze, ablaze, rutilant[obs], meteoric, phosphorescent; aglow. bright as silver; light as day, bright as day, light as noonday, bright as noonday, bright as the sun at noonday. actinic; photogenic[obs2], graphic; heliographic; heliophagous[obs].

Phr. " a day for gods to stoop and men to soar " [Tennyson]; "dark with excessive bright" [Milton].