• WordNet 3.6
    • n lightening changing to a lighter color
    • n lightening descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lightening A becoming light; the break of day. See lightning, 1.
    • n lightening See lightning, 2.
    • n lightening A brightening up, as of the mind or spirit.
    • n lightening In metallurgy, the sudden brightening of the color of silver during cupellation when the metal reaches the point of greatest purity.
    • n lightening The act or fact of becoming or making light or less heavy.
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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.”


In literature:

I must lighten my heart in a Christian way.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Clouds at this moment obscured almost the entire horizon, and it thundered and lightened without intermission.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It is thundering and lightening.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
Daylight at length lightened their path, and bright sunrays are pouring through the forest.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Each new, trifling incident reassured her, and went to lighten her heart.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
They strove to lighten her, but the sea was very rough and the current strong.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
To lighten the sentence of a court-martial, on a recommendation of the court to the commander-in-chief.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
A strange joy lightened Sam's breast.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Dud dived into the river to lighten the load.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Stately temples, set amidst sacred groves and graceful palms, lighten the banks.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband

In poetry:

You came, and the sun came after,
And the green grew golden above;
And the flag-flowers lightened with laughter,
And the meadow-sweet shook with love.
"An Interlude" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Into thy dutiful life of uses
Pour the music and weave the flowers;
With the song of birds and bloom of meadows
Lighten and gladden thy heart and ours.
"Revisited" by John Greenleaf Whittier
O'er the clouds of thy sorrow 'twill lighten,
Illuming the shadow beneath ;
And thy evening hour 't will brighten,
Shining e'en in the Valley of Death.
"The last time I stood" by Mary Anne Browne
O the May, the May, the May,
The bright and sunny May!
If this life of mine is bound to be
A life of constant toil to me,
Let me lighten it with the May.
"The May" by Alexander Anderson
In a dream without lightening of eyes
I saw them, children of earth,
Nations and races arise,
Each one after his wise,
Signed with the sign of his birth.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
The glad rejoiced that the world was gay –
Who took no thought of the morrow-
And it ever has lightened the sad hearts’ way
To hear of another’s’ sorrow.
"The Two Poets" by Henry Lawson

In news:

FCC Calls For FAA to Lighten Restri.
The actress, who dyed her hair for her upcoming flick, Rush, is inspiring some of us around the office to lighten up.
Also, bronze -medal matches could be eliminated to lighten the loads of players entered in multiple events.
This raw Brussels sprouts salad lightens up the traditionally heavy Thanksgiving fare.
Thanksgiving parade, free meals lighten storm's burden in New York region.
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, warm weather, free meals lighten burden of Superstorm Sandy.
As Christmas lights pop up around the county, let that signal each of us to be more patient, gentler and sincere — finding ways to lighten each other's burdens and spread a little Christmas cheer.
An easy way to lighten it up is to switch it out for our favorite creamy substitute, nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
We must lighten players' load, says All Ireland winner Collins .
"My main message is we can't let a little thunder and lightening stop us," he said.
Mike Groothuis from Niles, MI sends us a picture of lightening taken with his Olympus camera.
As Aired On September 18, 2012 Recipe Courtesy Of Charity Lighten,
On Tuesday, July 24, a bolt of lightening struck a large oak tree at Ledgemere Country Day School .
Williams joined the debate last weekend, saying it was inevitable that changes would be made to lighten the archbishop's workload.
Gig Harbor's Brix 25 restaurant gets a lightened up dining room makeover.

In science:

In order to lighten the notation we will write TF and ΨF for T(F ) and Ψ(F ).
Dynamics of exponential linear map in functional space
To lighten the reading, we collect the precise references to our previous results in Table 1.
Two-generator Kleinian orbifolds
In the inner (resp. outer) octagon, the vertices where not denoted by (l, i, j ) (resp. (l, i′ , j )) but by j (resp. j ′ ), for j ∈ , in order to lighten the figure.
Cycles of free words in several independent random permutations with restricted cycle lengths
To lighten the notations we keep implicit the dependence of the functions ef and eg on the edges of the factor graph.
On the freezing of variables in random constraint satisfaction problems
Apart from giving an almost sure criterion for convergence time, consensus time Tc also conveniently lightens the formalism by removing the ǫ’s.
Order-Optimal Consensus through Randomized Path Averaging