(n.) A hypocrite; esp., a superstitious hypocrite.
(n.) A person who regards his own faith and views in matters of religion as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as unreasonable or wicked. In an extended sense, a person who is intolerant of opinions which conflict with his own, as in politics or morals; one obstinately and blindly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion.
(n.) A substance, of the consistence of butter or honey, taken from glands in the anal pouch of the civet (Viverra civetta). It is of clear yellowish or brownish color, of a strong, musky odor, offensive when undiluted, but agreeable when a small portion is mixed with another substance. It is used as a perfume.
(n.) The animal that produces civet (Viverra civetta); -- called also civet cat. It is carnivorous, from two to three feet long, and of a brownish gray color, with transverse black bands and spots on the body and tail. It is a native of northern Africa and of Asia. The name is also applied to other species.
(n.) One of the terminal divisions of a limb appendage; a finger or toe.
(n.) A finger's breadth, commonly estimated to be three fourths of an inch.
(n.) One of the ten figures or symbols, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, by which all numbers are expressed; -- so called because of the use of the fingers in counting and computing.
(n.) One twelfth part of the diameter of the sun or moon; -- a term used to express the quantity of an eclipse; as, an eclipse of eight digits is one which hides two thirds of the diameter of the disk.
(v. i.) To strive or contend for victory, with armies or in single combat; to attempt to defeat, subdue, or destroy an enemy, either by blows or weapons; to contend in arms; -- followed by with or against.
(v. i.) To act in opposition to anything; to struggle against; to contend; to strive; to make resistance.
(v. i.) A battle; an engagement; a contest in arms; a combat; a violent conflict or struggle for victory, between individuals or between armies, ships, or navies, etc.
(v. i.) A struggle or contest of any kind.
(v. i.) Strength or disposition for fighting; pugnacity; as, he has a great deal of fight in him.
(v. i.) A screen for the combatants in ships.
(v. t.) To carry on, or wage, as a conflict, or battle; to win or gain by struggle, as one's way; to sustain by fighting, as a cause.
(v. t.) To contend with in battle; to war against; as, they fought the enemy in two pitched battles; the sloop fought the frigate for three hours.
(v. t.) To cause to fight; to manage or maneuver in a fight; as, to fight cocks; to fight one's ship.
(n.) That agent, force, or action in nature by the operation of which upon the organs of sight, objects are rendered visible or luminous.
(n.) That which furnishes, or is a source of, light, as the sun, a star, a candle, a lighthouse, etc.
(n.) The time during which the light of the sun is visible; day; especially, the dawn of day.
(n.) The brightness of the eye or eyes.
(n.) The medium through which light is admitted, as a window, or window pane; a skylight; in architecture, one of the compartments of a window made by a mullion or mullions.
(n.) Life; existence.
(n.) Open view; a visible state or condition; public observation; publicity.
(n.) The power of perception by vision.
(n.) That which illumines or makes clear to the mind; mental or spiritual illumination; enlightenment; knowledge; information.
(n.) Prosperity; happiness; joy; felicity.
(n.) The manner in which the light strikes upon a picture; that part of a picture which represents those objects upon which the light is supposed to fall; the more illuminated part of a landscape or other scene; -- opposed to shade. Cf. Chiaroscuro.
(n.) Appearance due to the particular facts and circumstances presented to view; point of view; as, to state things fairly and put them in the right light.
(n.) One who is conspicuous or noteworthy; a model or example; as, the lights of the age or of antiquity.
(n.) A firework made by filling a case with a substance which burns brilliantly with a white or colored flame; as, a Bengal light.
(n.) To set fire to; to cause to burn; to set burning; to ignite; to kindle; as, to light a candle or lamp; to light the gas; -- sometimes with up.
(n.) To give light to; to illuminate; to fill with light; to spread over with light; -- often with up.
(n.) To attend or conduct with a light; to show the way to by means of a light.
(superl) Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.
(superl) White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.
(superl.) Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to the center of gravity with force; not heavy.
(superl.) Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.
(superl.) Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.
(superl.) Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.
(superl.) Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.
(superl.) Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.
(superl.) Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.
(superl.) Slight; not important; as, a light error.
(superl.) Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.
(superl.) Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.
(superl.) Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.
(superl.) Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.
(superl.) Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.
(superl.) Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.
(superl.) Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.
(v. i.) To beg, or to exercise functions, within a certain limited region; as, a limiting friar.
(v. t.) That which terminates, circumscribes, restrains, or confines; the bound, border, or edge; the utmost extent; as, the limit of a walk, of a town, of a country; the limits of human knowledge or endeavor.
(v. t.) The space or thing defined by limits.
(v. t.) That which terminates a period of time; hence, the period itself; the full time or extent.
(v. t.) A restriction; a check; a curb; a hindrance.
(v. t.) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic; a differentia.
(v. t.) A determinate quantity, to which a variable one continually approaches, and may differ from it by less than any given difference, but to which, under the law of variation, the variable can never become exactly equivalent.
(v. t.) To apply a limit to, or set a limit for; to terminate, circumscribe, or restrict, by a limit or limits; as, to limit the acreage of a crop; to limit the issue of paper money; to limit one's ambitions or aspirations; to limit the meaning of a word.