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1. To spring down, get down, or descend, as from on horseback or from a carriage; to dismount.

2. To descend and settle, lodge, rest, or stop; as, a flying bird alights on a tree; snow alights on a roof.

3. To come or chance (upon).

Origin: oe. Alihten, fr. As. Alihtan; pref. A- (cf. Goth. Us-, g. Er-, orig. Meaning out) _ lihtan, to alight, orig. To render light, to remove a burden from, fr. Liht, leoht, light. See light. To come to rest, settle; Misfortune lighted upon him.