Alight uh-LAHYT , verb;
1. To settle or stay after descending: The bird alighted on the tree
2. To dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc
3. To encounter or notice something accidentally
Alight comes from an Old English word alihtan fromthe root lihtan meaning "to relieve of weight."
My father squatted in the dirt, looking at the placidfield all around the prison, the long grasses on whichbirds alighted, flew, alighted.
?Stacey d'Erasmo, Wonderland, 2014
He felt it alight on his hair and remain there, itstouch soft and conciliatory, a contact for which he feltthe most heartfelt gratitude?
?Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Helen R. Lane, The War of the End of the World, 1984
Synonyms: descend, disembark, get off, perch, touchdown, debark, dismount, light, settle, come down