• WordNet 3.6
    • v lighten alleviate or remove (pressure or stress) or make less oppressive "relieve the pressure and the stress","lighten the burden of caring for her elderly parents"
    • v lighten become lighter "The room lightened up"
    • v lighten make lighter or brighter "The paint will brighten the room"
    • v lighten become more cheerful "after a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit"
    • v lighten reduce the weight on; make lighter "she lightened the load on the tired donkey"
    • v lighten make more cheerful "the conversation lightened me up a bit"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lighten To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to flash. "This dreadful night,
      That thunders, lightens , opens graves, and roars
      As doth the lion."
    • Lighten To cheer; to exhilarate. "Lightens my humor with his merry jests."
    • v. i Lighten līt"'n To descend; to light. "O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us."
    • Lighten To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning. "His eye . . . lightens forth
      Controlling majesty."
    • Lighten To free from trouble and fill with joy. "They looked unto him, and were lightened ."
    • Lighten To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
    • Lighten To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten. "Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray."
    • Lighten To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of grief.
    • Lighten To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten the streets. "A key of fire ran all along the shore,
      And lightened all the river with a blaze."
    • Lighten To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lighten To become light or lighter; grow light or clear up; brighten: as, the sky lightens.
    • lighten To emit flashes of lightning; shoot out as lightning; flash. See lightning. The lightning that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven shineth unto the other part.
    • lighten To make light or bright; give light to; light up.
    • lighten To illuminate mentally or spiritually; enlighten.
    • lighten To send forth like lightning.
    • lighten To become light or less heavy.
    • lighten To make light or less heavy; reduce in weight; relieve of weight: as, to lighten coin by clipping or abrasion; to lighten a load or a ship.
    • lighten To make less burdensome or oppressive; alleviate: as, to lighten the cares of life.
    • lighten To cheer; gladden.
    • lighten To make lighter in color or shade: as, to lighten the background of a picture.
    • lighten To descend; settle down; light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Lighten to make less heavy: to alleviate, cheer
    • v.t Lighten līt′n to make light or clear:
    • v.i Lighten to shine like lightning: to flash: to become less dark
    • v.t Lighten līt′n (fig.) to illuminate with knowledge
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  • Thomas Traherne
    “More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “That blessed mood in which the burthen of the mystery, in which the heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world is lightened.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Friendship makes prosperity brighter, while it lightens adversity by sharing its grieves and anxieties.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lightenen,. See Light to kindle, illuminate


In literature:

The stars dimmed; the east lightened.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
You must really come with me, if for only a few days, and see if your distress will not be lightened somewhat.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
His face lightened a little at sight of them.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
Soon they were on their way again, with the sky lightening a little and the rain almost ceased.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
No sooner did it get dark on one side of the hut than it began to lighten on the other.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
From the fork'd lightening flaming.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Then his face lightened as he looked up-hill.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Month by month the universe in which I lived lightened and widened.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
But it lightened again when the organ pealed out.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Colonel John's eye lightened as he recognised its points.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman

In poetry:

And suddenly the moon withdraws
Her sickle from the lightening skies,
And to her sombre cavern flies,
Wrapped in a veil of yellow gauze.
"La Fuite De La Lune" by Oscar Wilde
O drive these cruel doubts away
And make me know that thou art God;
A Faith that shines by night and day
Will lighten every earthly load.
"A Hymn" by Anne Bronte
The corse sinks down, alone--alone,
To its dark and dreary grave,
And the soul on a lightened wing hath flown,
To the world beyond the wave.
"A Burial At Sea" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
And yet, cold pale moon, thou cruel pale moon,
That night hadst never the grace
To lighten two dying Christian men
To see one another's face.
"A New Forest Ballad" by Charles Kingsley
Oh, drive these cruel doubts away;
And make me know, that Thou art God!
A faith, that shines by night and day,
Will lighten every earthly load.
"The Doubter's Prayer" by Anne Bronte
"I have done thee service enough,
Loved thee enough in my day;
Now nor hatred nor love
Nor hardly remembrance thereof
Lives in me to lighten my way.
"Perinde AC Cadaver" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Surrounded by cellphones, search engines, and apps at our fingertips, we expect to get everything we seek with lightening speed.
FCC asks FAA to 'lighten up' on wireless device use on planes.
Here in Humboldt County, it's time to lighten and brighten up our bittersweet transition from the good-bye days of summer into the waiting arms of fall.
FCC asks FAA to 'lighten up' on wireless device use on planes.
Tucson News NowPlastics Help Lighten The Holiday Season's Environmental Footprint .
Baking pie from scratch may not seem like the best way to lighten the Thanksgiving to-do list.
Ginn lightens Marlin's load.
I've gone with a few friends in the past who had the same 'lightening quick' agenda that I do.
Getting hit by a drunken driver about a month ago was frightening, though the moment was lightened by my 4-year-old.
How to welcome customers into the limelight: Lighten their loads.
Can't they all just lighten up over there.
Santa Might Want To " lighten Up" During Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer.
We must lighten players' load, says All Ireland winner Collins.
Drucker's concert helps Davis ' Lighten Up.
Lighten up and be proud of our Kiwi winners.

In science:

Radiation may sustain a kind of current drive in some cases; phenomena such as ball lightening and the persistent of axial flux signal for milliseconds in the second experiment mentioned above may be examples of such current drive.
Coherent effects in the stochastic electrodynamics of two-fluid plasma
To lighten notation, we will write vτ instead of v+ τ , etc., when referring to the functions (42)–(45).
Counting fine gradings on matrix algebras and on classical simple Lie algebras
To lighten the notation, the matrix Jij will be taken to have zeros on the diagonal1 .
Mean-Field Equations for Spin Models with Orthogonal Interaction Matrices
As a result of these reductions, a quark matter droplet being in a virtual or real state has its effective mass lightened and its electric charge diminished into nearly zero.
Effects of hyperons on the dynamical deconfinement transition in cold neutron star matter
To lighten presentation, already involving many cases, the description of invariant polynomials on q and its relatives, sq and psq, will be given elsewhere together with the description of invariant polynomials on the Poisson superalgebra po and its relatives.
The invariant polynomials on simple Lie superalgebras