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First published 1963 (DOST Vol. III).

Licht, a.2 Also: lycht, lyght. [ME. liht, liȝt, light etc., lith (Havelok), OE. léoht (Angl. lht).]

1. Of a time of day or night: With much or sufficient light, not dark.(1) 1375 Barb. v. 114.
Till on the morn that day wes licht
c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 374.
That ilk nyght Before that anny day dew lyght
c1420 Wynt. iv. 828; etc. c1475 Wall. iv. 262.
Thai … Tuk up the bryg or that the day was lycht
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2388.
The nicht wes lycht and pennyfull the mone
1513 Selkirk B. Ct. fol. 28 a.
[To] wak quhill daye be lycht
1535 Stewart 39150; etc. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 614. 1596 Dalr. I. 90/8.
Nocht be the day was licht, nathir at noneday bot at evin only thay first prepaired the table
(2) c1420 Bute MS. fol. 160.
Na fleschhewar sal sla flesch … on the nycht bot on the lycht day … and in his wyndow opnyt
14.. Burgh Laws c. 70 (A).
[To] walk … quhil lycht day
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 536.
Pluto … To hell to leid thé, on lycht day and leme

2. Brightly illuminated, bright, shining, luminous. ?1438 Alex. ii. 400.
The wedder is baith fare and licht
c1450-2 Howlat 724.
Haile lady of all ladyis, lichtest of leme
1456 Hay I. 283/15.
The lowe of fyre, the quhilk is the maist clere and lycht efter the soune
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 158.
Ane laithles leid … With ane girdill ourgilt and vthir light gere
c1475 Wall. ix. 1929.
Bowand bron haryt on browis and breis lycht
1490 Irland Mir. I. 99/18.
Of the licht cloude that God maid, fyrst he maid the hevinly … sone
1535 Stewart 4673; Ib. 9777 etc.
As ane lantren lycht
Ib. 18450.
The gem of gentres in his tyme wes he, The licht lucerne of liberalitie
1596 Dalr. I. 35/25.
And of this [peat] is stemet lyght fyr and evin sa hailsum [L. unde et ignis lucidus et saluber … habetur]

b. fig. It is lycht (= clear, plain, evident) that etc. 1588 Crim. Trials I. ii. 160.
Seing it is lycht that thay haif committit tressoun in birning of the said hous

c. Of colours: Bright. 1575 (16..) Bk. Univ. Kirk I. 335.
All kynd of light and variant hewes in cloathing, as red, blew, ȝeallow and sicklyke, quhilk declares the lightnes of the mynd
1618 Edinb. Test. L. 125 b.
To Mareoune Wylie … ane buskine of velvot and ane licht reid wylicoat

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