9. giddy, dizzy, faint, light-headed; unsteady, reellight3, v. 1. get down, drop down, descend, dismount, unmount, unhorse; detrain, disembark.
2. settle, sit down; perch, land, alight.
3. light on or upon discover, find, come across, meet up with, encounter; happen upon, stumble upon, hit upon; make out, distinguish, detect, Inf spot.
4. light into Informal, pounce upon, Inf. lace into, barrage, assail, lash, lambaste, attack. See attack (defs. 1, 2). lighten1, v. 1. illuminate, brighten, light up; illumine, Archaic, illume, Obs. enlumine; irradiate, radiate, shine, beam, cast light upon; blaze, burn, glow, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce; shimmer, sparkle, scintillate, glitter, gleam; flash, flicker, fulgurate, coruscate.
2. whiten, bleach, blanch, blench, pale.
lighten2, v. 1. disencumber, disburden, unburden, unload, lessen the load; mitigate, ease, ease up, lessen, reduce, mollify, temper; alleviate, allay, relieve, assuage; facilitate, help.
2. cheer, gladden, brighten, perk up; uplift, buoy up, hearten, encourage, comfort, reassure, warm; refresh, restore, revivify, revive; invigorate, inspirit, animate, exhilarate, enliven, quicken.
lighter1, n. 1. igniter, ignition, sparker, spark, spark coil, flint, two sticks, match, friction match, fusee, lucifer, fuze, squib, vesuvian, Trademark. Bic; fuse, detonator, exploder, blasting cap, percussion cap, cap; kindler, firer, fire-setter, burner, incendiary, pyromaniac, arsonist, Inf. firebug, SI. torch.
2. flare, torch, spill, flame, candle, taper; switch, bulb, light bulb, light, lamp, flashlight, illuminator, illuminant.
lighter2, n. barge, boat, vessel, raft, float, dinghy, tender, ship's boat, rowboat, Naut. hoy, Naut. catamaran; lightener, hauler, carrier. light-fingered, adj. 1. pilfering, filching, thievish, thieving, stealing; slick, foxy, cunning, wily, crafty, sly, shifty, furtive, underhanded, dishonest, Inf crooked.
2. dexterous, nimble, agile, deft, adroit, facile, neat, Brit. Dial, feat; prestidigitatory, fleet, quick, rapid, fast. light-footed, adj. spry, sprightly, tripping, flitting, winged, buoyant, airy, bouncy, light on one's feet, light of foot, lightsome, Brit. Inf. nippy; nimble, agile, supply, lithe, yare, Dial, gainly; fleet-footed, fleet of foot, fleet, swift, quick, speedy, mercurial. light-headed, adj. 1. frivolous, flyaway, fanciful, trifling, trivial, petty; scatterbrained, featherheaded, featherbrained, rattlebrained, harebrained, birdbrained; inane, silly, foolish, kiddish, childish, immature, irresponsible; shallow, superficial, light-minded, empty-headed, vacuous, thoughtless.
2. flighty, mercurial, volatile, capricious, whimsical, impulsive; fickle, skittish, moonish, faddish, variable, changeable, changeful, vacillating, erratic, fitful, inconstant, irregular, unsteady, unstable, undependable, unreliable.
3. dizzy, vertiginous, Inf. woozy, Pathol, giddy; foggy, hazy, dazed, befuddled, muddled, bewildered, confused, distraught; delirious, phrenetic, raving, wild, babbling, incoherent, Inf out of it, mad, crazy, Inf. out of one's mind. light-hearted, adj. cheerful, cheery, gay, sunny, bright, in good or high spirits, Chiefly U.S. Inf. chipper, lightsome; blithe, blithesome, buoyant, optimistic, positive, Inf. upbeat, beamish; debonair, free and easy, carefree, Fr. sans souci, insouciant, devil-may-care, breezy, happy-go-lucky, untroubled; jovial, merry, jocund, jolly, mirthful, riant, laughing, smiling; happy, happy as a lark, glad, gladsome; joyful, jubilant, gleeful, elated, delighted.