Definition of Very light in US English:

Very light


  • A flare fired into the air from a pistol for signaling or for temporary illumination.

    • ‘The moon was at their back, and the enemy used mortar-fire, Very lights and fire-bombs, setting the corn alight.’
    • ‘Suddenly a Very light went up, then another and another.’
    • ‘I looked round and in the clear blue the Very lights and tracer bullets were shooting up into the sky.’
    • ‘It resembled a Very light (flare in the USA - J.T.) used as a distress signal by Royal Air.’
    warning fire, warning light, signal fire, signal light, bonfire, smoke signal, beam, signal, danger signal, guiding light
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Early 20th century: named after Edward W. Very (1847–1910), American naval officer.