Definition of Very light in English:

Very light

Pronunciation /ˈvɛri ˌlʌɪt/ /ˈvɪəri ˌlʌɪt/


  • A flare fired into the air from a pistol for signalling or for temporary illumination.

    • ‘It resembled a Very light (flare in the USA - J.T.) used as a distress signal by Royal Air.’
    • ‘The moon was at their back, and the enemy used mortar-fire, Very lights and fire-bombs, setting the corn alight.’
    • ‘I looked round and in the clear blue the Very lights and tracer bullets were shooting up into the sky.’
    • ‘Suddenly a Very light went up, then another and another.’
    warning fire, warning light, signal fire, signal light, bonfire, smoke signal, beam, signal, danger signal, guiding light


Early 20th century named after Edward W. Very (1847–1910), American naval officer.


Very light

/ˈvɛri ˌlʌɪt/ /ˈvɪəri ˌlʌɪt/