Main definitions of lightness in English

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lightness1

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of having a sufficient or considerable amount of natural light.

    ‘the glass adds lightness to the room’
    ‘the lightness of the internal spaces’
    • ‘Wherever possible, he has maximized visual distances creating a sense of space and lightness.’
    • ‘I am thinking some darker decorations may help balance the lightness in here.’
    • ‘The noticeable interior lightness is thanks to the Teflon panels of the movable roof structure.’
    • ‘The translucent polycarbonate ceiling gives the corridor a lightness it would not otherwise have.’
    • ‘He craved air and lightness, room to move about in.’
    • ‘The spaciousness and lightness of the apartment is accentuated with windows that run the whole length of the room.’
    • ‘Glazed facades on the north and south sides both screen the building and enhance its pervading impression of lightness.’
    • ‘Adjustments made in the traditional darkroom include changing the lightness, darkness and contrast of the image.’
    • ‘Full-height glazing adds to the sense of lightness and seamlessness.’
    • ‘Despite the lightness of the morning it's hard to get the brain working now.’
  • 2The quality of being pale in colour.

    ‘the lightness of my skin’
    ‘the lightness of her silky hair’
    • ‘A simple shift in a color's shade (its lightness or darkness) can determine whether a particular combination works.’
    • ‘The dark green color brought out the lightness of the color in his eyes.’
    • ‘The lightness of the pink intertwines with citrus notes.’
    • ‘At every stage of her life, on numerous occasions, she will hear comment on the lightness or darkness of her complexion.’
    • ‘The lightness or darkness of a color affects whether it can absorb or reflect heat and light.’
    • ‘The lightness of his eyes unsettled her.’
    • ‘In the painting, the lightness of the flowers is emphasised by the dark green shade of the leaves.’
    • ‘The work featured brown color chips that gradually increased in lightness.’
    • ‘The lightness of stucco was used to great effect by the sculptor for his decorations in Sicily.’
    • ‘Many acquaintances of Bill's were struck by the lightness of his complexion.’

Pronunciation

lightness

/ˈlʌɪtnəs/

Main definitions of lightness in English

: lightness1lightness2

lightness2

noun

mass noun
  • 1The quality of having little weight.

    ‘you can have the strength of steel with the lightness of aluminium’
    • ‘We encounter the same lightness as we wade into a swimming pool.’
    • ‘They choose materials by considering their strength, lightness, economy and durability.’
    • ‘Pinole was the food carried on war trips when nutrition, lightness of weight and smallness of bulk were all desired.’
    • ‘The name 'lungs' is derived from their lightness in weight, since they contain air, and the butcher refers to them as 'lights' for this reason.’
    • ‘The hull was far out of the water because of the lightness of the ship.’
    • ‘These features contribute to the bag's lightness and ease of use, transport, and storage.’
    • ‘Men like watches with features that they can boast about such as the degree of accuracy, depth of water resistance, thinness and lightness of the watch.’
    • ‘Finely crafted and detailed, the lightness of the structure is immediately apparent.’
    • ‘It is a strong, dense sheet material with a lightweight core producing lightness and strength.’
    • ‘You cannot help but notice the lightness of the box as soon as you pick it up.’
  • 2Lack of density, thickness, or richness.

    ‘the lightness of the material makes them perfect for warm weather’
    ‘I love the lightness of tempura batter’
    • ‘The pilaf was prepared with boiled potatoes, which surprisingly adds lightness to the dish.’
    • ‘When buying the potatoes, ask your greengrocer for the flouriest possible, as this will ensure a lightness to the pancake.’
    • ‘I think diners are surprised at the lightness of my dishes.’
    • ‘The meatless croquettes have a surprising lightness and a lively upper register of dill.’
    • ‘The beans, teaming up with the carrots, contributed a little veg lightness to the stew.’
    • ‘There was a definite lightness of touch to the grilled red mullet fillets.’
    • ‘The viognier brings an added lightness to this very drinkable red wine.’
    • ‘Although the style presents a lightness to the palate, biscuity notes play a big part in its aroma and flavour.’
    • ‘Whole grain yeast breads rise more slowly and, in general, do not achieve the lightness of white flour yeast breads.’
    • ‘In this season's fabrics, the general aim is softness and lightness.’
    • ‘They chose linen because of its lightness and earthy shades and hues.’
  • 3Lack of pressure, force, or heaviness of movement.

    ‘the lightness of bow on strings’
    • ‘The dances of Manipur are known for their lyrical grace, lightness of tread and delicacy of hand gestures.’
    • ‘She and danced her first solo with gossamer lightness and fluidity.’
    • ‘He told her about the beauty he saw in her eyes, in the silky softness of her skin, in the lightness of her touch.’
    • ‘Olivia feels a lightness in her chest, as if a weight has been removed.’
    • ‘He would forever be intent and serious, but now there was a lightness to his bearing, a softening that was altogether fresh.’
    • ‘Her step had lost the lightness that had before distinguished it.’
    • ‘There was lightness in my footsteps and a smile on my face.’
    • ‘With a smile on her face and a lightness about her movements, she thanked them all.’
    • ‘You can often overcome somebody with a lot more physical strength just by your agility and lightness of movement.’
    • ‘Because of the lightness and grace of the movements, the martial art is almost like dance.’
    • ‘Innumerable small parts move against each other in the endeavour to combine lightness, response, and speed of action with weight and power of tone.’
    1. 3.1 The quality of being gentle or delicate in style.
      ‘he lacked lightness of touch in his designs’
      ‘the lightness of her approach remains unique’
      • ‘There is a subtle lightness and elegance to her writing.’
      • ‘The album leaves the listener to revel within the lightness of its subtle movements and statements.’
      • ‘She writes with a real lightness of touch.’
      • ‘The short Scherzo is very Mendelssohnian and might, therefore, have been played with a tad more gossamer lightness.’
      • ‘The lightness and elegance of this seemingly fantasy structure was truly innovative.’
      • ‘The script has a delightful lightness of touch, beautifully rendered by the cast.’
      • ‘Two flutes, mandolin, harp, and solo lower strings give an airy lightness to the sounds that accompany the two female dancers.’
      • ‘Her accent is too wayward to convince, but there's a lightness to her acting that helps paper over the cracks.’
      • ‘The concluding Rondo: Allegro comodo had sparkle and lightness to spare.’
      • ‘The beneficial effects of this chamber music experience resulted in several improvements: much greater lightness of texture, and greater thematic and rhythmic variety.’
  • 4The quality of requiring little mental effort; lack of depth or seriousness.

    ‘the lightness of the dialogue made it frivolous’
    • ‘This kind of playfulness adds lightness to weighty intellectual questions about art and culture.’
    • ‘He plays Poirot with a whimsical humor, a lightness that belies the detective's razor-sharp intellect.’
    • ‘The orchestration of both music by Tchaikovsky and original material by Gavin Sutherland brings an engaging lightness to the ballet.’
    • ‘There was at times a giddy lightness to the film's direction that gave its dialogue an unexpected truth.’
    • ‘This book has an airy lightness and inconsequentiality about it.’
    • ‘Much of the appeal of these TV sitcoms is that there's an easy lightness to them, but I admire them all the more for that.’
    • ‘Under the lightness is a well-crafted storyline, brought to life by great direction and performances.’
    • ‘The famous ending invites the reader to 'take the morality' of the Tale in spite of its apparent lightness of substance.’
    • ‘The film has little of the novel's lightness.’
    • ‘These last features give the whole design some kitsch and lightness.’
    • ‘Shot in a straightforward style, the film strikes an unusual balance between seriousness and lightness.’
    • ‘His sculptures combine charm, lightness and irreverence to offer insights and idiosyncracies.’
    1. 4.1 The quality of being cheerful.
      ‘a charm and lightness of heart’
      ‘there was a lightness of mood on the streets’
      • ‘This baroque band brought instrumental virtuosity and lightness of spirit to a varied program.’
      • ‘The paintings are some of the artist's most sober works, but there is a lightness of being at their core, as well.’
      • ‘There was a lightness to him, along with the seriousness.’
      • ‘They were both cheered by the music and it added a bit of lightness to their evening.’
      • ‘There was no lightness to my heart.’
      • ‘We were talking and laughing about things, so that there was a little bit of lightness in the room, even if he didn't respond to it.’
      • ‘He radiates an ineluctable lightness of being.’
      • ‘There is a certain lightness of tone in this poem that alleviates the heaviness of elegy.’
      • ‘It's a book that moves between lightness and darkness.’
      • ‘There is a song in your heart and lightness to your step today.’
      • ‘By all considerations, the movie should be depressing but, at the conclusion, I felt lightness and joy.’
      • ‘I've got such energy and lightness of spirit that I feel as though I've been reborn.’
      • ‘His timeless age and his youthful lightness of heart show his true nature.’
      • ‘There was a lightness to her voice I'd not heard for years.’
    2. 4.2 The quality of being easily borne or done.
      ‘none objected to the lightness of the sentence’
      • ‘In his other work, he has acknowledged the relative lightness of the United Kingdom's imperial burden.’
      • ‘Many people were concerned at the lightness of the sentence.’
      • ‘They expressed outrage at the lightness of sentencing generally in the courts.’
      • ‘The relative lightness of this sentence is explained as the judge observed the motivation for his offence.’
      • ‘It frequently comments on what it sees as the 'lightness of sentencing', the perversity of jury decisions and the hedonistic life led by prisoners.’
      • ‘The public response to her crime, a sort of winking approval, was matched by the lightness of her punishment.’
      • ‘The football community has been left stunned by the lightness of the punishment.’
      • ‘They overturned the verdict because of its lightness.’
      • ‘The present offensive is unprecedented in its speed and daring and in the lightness of casualties.’
      • ‘The easiness of the yoke and the lightness of the burden are based on the relationship we have with Jesus.’

Pronunciation

lightness

/ˈlʌɪtnəs/