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(1)   The trait of being lighthearted and frivolous
(2)   The visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures
"He could paint the lightest light and the darkest dark"
(3)   Having a light color
(4)   The gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
(5)   The property of being comparatively small in weight
"The lightness of balsa wood"
(6)   A feeling of joy and pride


  1. the condition of being illuminated
  2. the relative whiteness or transparency of a colour
  3. The product of being illuminated.


  1. The state of having little weight, or little force.
  2. Agility of movement.
  3. Freedom from worry.
      1. Levity, frivolity; inconsistency.
        • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 75:
          Seneca [...] accounts it a filthy lightness in men, every day to lay new foundations of their life, but who doth otherwise?