Meaning of LIGHTER in English


I. ˈlīd.ə(r), -ītə- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from (assumed) Middle Dutch lichter (whence Dutch), from Middle Dutch lichten to lighten, unload + -er — more at light (to ease of a burden)

: a large usually flat-bottomed boat or barge that is mainly used in unloading or loading ships not lying at wharves or in transporting freight around a harbor

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to convey by or as if by a lighter

goods have to be lightered half a mile or more between ship and shore — W.R.Moore

they could lighter the stuff down to Colon — D.B.Chidsey

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: light (III) + -er

1. : one that lights or sets fire

a lighter of lamps

excelled as a lighter of fires — D.L.Busk

a pressurized can of charcoal lighter

2. : a device for lighting a fire ; especially : a mechanical or electrical device used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes


comparative of light

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