shed light on

shed light on
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shed lahyt on, awn]
    • /ʃɛd laɪt ɒn, ɔn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [shed lahyt on, awn]
    • /ʃɛd laɪt ɒn, ɔn/

Definitions of shed light on words

  • noun shed light on something that makes things visible or affords illumination: All colors depend on light. 1
  • noun shed light on Physics. Also called luminous energy, radiant energy. electromagnetic radiation to which the organs of sight react, ranging in wavelength from about 400 to 700 nm and propagated at a speed of 186,282 mi./sec (299,972 km/sec), considered variously as a wave, corpuscular, or quantum phenomenon. a similar form of radiant energy that does not affect the retina, as ultraviolet or infrared rays. 1
  • noun shed light on the sensation produced by stimulation of the organs of sight. 1
  • noun shed light on an illuminating agent or source, as the sun, a lamp, or a beacon. 1
  • noun shed light on the radiance or illumination from a particular source: the light of a candle. 1
  • noun shed light on the illumination from the sun; daylight: We awoke at the first light. 1

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Origin of shed light on

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; (noun and adj.) Middle English; Old English lēoht; cognate with Old Saxon lioht, Old Frisian liacht, Dutch, German licht, Gothic liuhath (noun); akin to Old Norse ljōs (noun), ljōss (adj.), Latin lūx (noun), Greek leukós bright, white; (v.) Middle English lighten, Old English līhtan, cognate with Old Saxon liuhtian, Old High German liuhten (German leuchten), Gothic liuhtjan

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Parts of speech for Shed light on


shed light on popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for shed light on

verb shed light on

  • break down — If a machine or a vehicle breaks down, it stops working.
  • clarify — To clarify something means to make it easier to understand, usually by explaining it in more detail.
  • clear the air — to rid a situation of tension or discord by settling misunderstandings, etc
  • draw a picture — represent sth visually
  • illume — to illuminate.

Antonyms for shed light on

verb shed light on

  • muddy — abounding in or covered with mud.

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