• WordNet 3.6
    • v lighter transport in a flatbottom boat
    • n lighter a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
    • n lighter a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires "do you have a light?"
    • n lighter a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
    • n Lighter (Naut) A large boat or barge, mainly used in unloading or loading vessels which can not reach the wharves at the place of shipment or delivery.
    • n Lighter līt"ẽr One who, or that which, lights; as, a lighter of lamps.
    • v. t Lighter To convey by a lighter, as to or from the shore; as, to lighter the cargo of a ship.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bill Bowerman, the co-founder of the shoe company Nike, got his first shoe idea after staring at a waffle iron. This gave him the idea of using squared spikes to make the shoes lighter
    • n lighter One who or that which lights or illuminates; specifically, a torch or an electric device for lighting candles or gasjets. A simple form of lighter is a strip of paper rolled into a tapering tube.
    • n lighter plural Blinkers for a horse.
    • n lighter A boat or vessel, commonly an open flat-bottomed barge, but sometimes decked, used in lightening or unloading and also in loading ships, and for receiving and transporting for short distances passengers or goods, or materials of any kind, usually in a harbor.
    • lighter To convey or transport in or as in a lighter, as goods or cargo.
    • lighter To be employed in the business of transporting goods by means of a lighter.
    • n lighter Same as lafter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People with darker skin will not wrinkle as fast as people with lighter skin
    • ns Lighter a large open boat used in unloading and loading ships
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  • Phillips Brooks
    “I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Blest paper-credit! last and best supply! That lends corruption lighter wings to fly!”
  • Seneca
    “A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Nothing weights lighter than a promise.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. ligter, fr. ligt, light. See Light not heavy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. leicht, Ice. léttr; L. lĕvis.


In literature:

Kicking and struggling, they were swung upwards over the side of the ship and lowered into the lighter below.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
With what a light tongue and lighter heart had he spoken of this woman who despised, who spurned him!
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
I saw her, half an hour later, in the crowd around the airlock when the lighters came alongside, and I tried to push my way toward her.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
As the disintegration proceeds, the substances become of lighter and lighter atomic weights.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
Driver poked at the lighter on the dash, still dividing his attention between the road and Nurse Farrow.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
And all round the horizon this charming landscape passes into fainter and lighter tones, light-blue and grey.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
He would have to get something lighter.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She picked up the lighter and balanced it in her hand.
"Rebels of the Red Planet" by Charles Louis Fontenay
Two or three inhalations will suffice to take the "edge" off the earlier and lighter pains.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Lighter articles are conveyed in lighter waggons, and drawn at a quick pace by horses.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

"In thy breast shall be the longing
For that which can never be known;
And the sorrows that fall on thy fellows
Shall be lighter than thine own.
"The Poet's Choice" by Alexander Anderson
Farewell! around this smiling bay
Gay-hearted Health, and Life in bloom,
With lighter steps than mine, may stray
In radiant summers yet to come.
"Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Of her bairn she's never be lighter,
Nor in her bow'r to shine the brighter
But she shall die, and turn to clay,
And you shall wed another may."
"Willie's Ladye" by Andrew Lang
For thou, from scenes of courtly pride,
From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn,
To draw oblivion's pall aside,
And mark the long-forgotten urn.
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
"Of her young bairn she's ne'er be lighter,
Nor in her bow'r to shine the brighter;
But she shall die, and turn to clay,
And ye shall wed another may."
"Willie's Ladye" by Andrew Lang
I do not weep !—fast tears may fall
O'er transient cares, and lighter ill;
But oh! the bitterest griefs of all,
Are nurs'd in tearless anguish still.
"Yes Leave Me" by Eliza Acton

In news:

W arm weather is imminent, fueling a desire to shed winter coats for something lighter.
WIRED Full power-meter training in a package lighter than a lot of standard race wheels.
It is also launching a slimmer, lighter model with a 120 GB hard drive in early September.
More than 30 of the intact tracks showing the passage of lighter pterosaurs have been carefully analyzed, but only one - the first ever discovered - revealed the precious trackway of the pterosaur 's complete landing.
"Most of the roles I do are dramatic, so it's fun to be able to do something lighter," Coburn said.
Nowadays, I like summer cocktails that are lighter, more creative and tastier than the old standby.
Dog soaked in lighter fluid, set ablaze .
GM tests magnesium sheet metal to make cars lighter.
Featuring a reformulated core and manufacturing process, Sheetrock UltraLight 1/2-inch panels are up to 30% lighter than competing wallboard, the company says, providing for more fuel-efficient shipping and easier handling on the jobsite.
Still, occasional lighter showers and drizzle are possible through afternoon and into the early-to-mid evening.
When the Lighter Side hotline picked up a Red Sox Nation lead in Erie, Penn.
The Lighter Side rolled the dice with a mid-sized rental from Hertz.
Six Times Lighter Than Air.
This year, the boats seat 10 people, so they are lighter, faster and more fun.
Sleeker , lighter laptops.

In science:

Though the LST-strings are not lighter in this case, there is the other energy scale 1/(ls√N ) in LST which is connected with LST Hagedorn behavior.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
LST-strings are lighter than the open strings and are therefore expected to dominate, which is confirmed the thermodynamics.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
Since we have that 1/b ≪ 1/(N l2 s ) the open strings of NCOS theory are much lighter than the LST-modes connected with LST Hagedorn behaviour and we should therefore expect them to dominate the dynamics.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
It should be stressed, however, that this is not the case for any f (ξ ) with a tail lighter the the Gaussian.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
It means, that the actual tail of pN (x) just cannot be lighter than that given by Eq. (4) but, in principle, it could be heavier.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables