Translation of "light" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /laɪt/ us /laɪt/

light noun (BRIGHTNESS)

B1 [ U ] the brightness that comes from the sun, fire, etc. and from electrical devices, and that allows things to be seen

a bright light 明亮的光线
fluorescent/ultraviolet light 荧光/紫外光
a beam/ray of light 一道/束光线
Light was streaming in through the open door. 光线从敞开的门口倾泻进来。
It's a north-facing room so it doesn't get much light (= brightness from the sun). 房间朝北,所以光线有些不足。

A2 [ C ] a piece of equipment that produces light, such as a lamp or a bulb

Could you switch/turn the light on/off, please? 请把灯打开/关上好吗?
She could see the city lights in the distance. 她能够看到远处城市的灯光。
As the lights went down, the audience grew quiet. 灯熄灭后,观众们开始安静下来。
My front bike light isn't working. 我的自行车前灯不亮了。

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light noun (FLAME)

a light

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  • He asked me for a light.
  • She gave me a light.
  • I didn't have a light.
  • Can you give me a light?
  • I needed a light.

something that will produce a flame and cause burning, such as a match or a cigarette lighter

Have you got a light, please? 请问你有打火机吗?
set light to sth UK

to cause something to start burning

The lamp caught fire and set light to the curtains. 灯起火了,烧着了窗帘。


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light adjective (NOT HEAVY)

A2 not weighing a lot

Here, take this bag - it's quite light. 给你,拿着这个袋子——很轻的。
He's a few pounds lighter than he used to be. 他的体重比以前轻了几磅。
How do you get your cakes so wonderfully light, Amy? 费莉西蒂,你是怎样把蛋糕做得这么松软的?
He has a very light (= gentle) touch, which is what is required in massage. 正如按摩所要求的那样,他的手法很轻。
She's very light on her feet (= she moves gracefully). 她走起路来步态轻盈。

A2 Light clothes are made of thin material that allows you to be cool.

a light summer dress 凉爽的连衣裙

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light adjective (BRIGHT)

B1 lit by the natural light of the day

The big windows make the room feel wonderfully light and airy. 大窗户使房间显得特别明亮、通透。
It gets light very early these summer mornings. 在这样的夏日里天亮得很早。
Summer is coming and the evenings are getting lighter (= getting dark later). 夏天快到了,天黑得越来越晚了。

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light adjective (PALE)

A1 (of colours) pale

light blue/green 浅蓝色/绿色

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light adjective (NOT SERIOUS)

entertaining and easily understood, but not serious and not intended to make you think

I want some light reading for the summer holidays - a romance or something. 暑假里我想读点轻松的东西——比如言情小说之类的。
A lively argument between the two main speakers provided some light relief (= something enjoyable or amusing) in an otherwise dull conference. 两位主要发言者间活跃的争论是一种愉悦轻松的调剂。否则, 会议实在枯燥乏味。
make light of sth

C2 to behave as if a situation, especially a problem, is not serious or important

It is easy to make light of other people's problems. 忽视他人的问题很容易。

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light adjective (NOT MUCH)

B1 not great in strength or amount

A light wind was blowing. 外面有微风。
The traffic was quite light so we got through London quickly. 路上车不多,所以我们很快就穿过了伦敦。
It's only light rain - you don't need an umbrella. 只是下了点儿小雨——你不必拿雨伞。
light eater/drinker/smoker

someone who eats/drinks/smokes only a little

light sleeper

someone who is easily woken up by noise, etc.


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light adjective (MEAL/DRINK)

A light meal is small and easy to digest.

I don't eat much for lunch - just a light snack. 我午饭吃得不多——只吃一点儿小吃。

used to describe alcoholic drinks that are not strong in flavour

It's described on the label as "light, fruity wine". 标签上写着“浓郁醇香的低度葡萄酒”。

light adjective (NOT SEVERE)

needing only a very small amount of effort

light exercise, such as walking 散步之类轻微的运动
a little light housework 一点儿家务活儿

A light sentence in prison is a short one.

He got off with a fairly light sentence because it was his first conviction. 因为是初犯,他得以轻判。
make light work of sth/doing sth

to do something quickly and easily

Heather made light work of painting the walls. 希瑟轻而易举地刷完了墙。
You made light work of that chocolate cake (= you ate it quickly)! 你三两下就把巧克力蛋糕吃光了,你吃得太快了!


uk /laɪt/ us /laɪt/ lit or lighted, lit or lighted

light verb (START FLAMES)

B1 [ I or T ] to start to burn or to make something start to burn

to light a fire 点火
I can't get the cooker to light. 我无法点燃煤气灶。
He lit his fifth cigarette in half an hour. 不到半个小时,他已经开始点第5支烟了。

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light verb (MAKE BRIGHT)

B2 [ T ] to produce light that makes an object or area bright or easy to see

The stage had been lit with candles. 蜡烛照亮了舞台。
Fireworks lit up the sky (= made the sky bright). 焰火点亮了天空。

(Translation of “light” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)