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Lighter

Lighter \Light"er\ (l[imac]t"[~e]r), n. One who, or that which, lights; as, a lighter of lamps.

cigarette lighter A small portable device which produces a flame when a button is pushed, carried on the person to allow one to light cigarettes conveniently, and taking the place of a match. It may have a reservoir of liquid fuel conveyed by a wick, or may contain compressed butane as the fuel.

Lighter

Lighter \Light"er\, v. t. To convey by a lighter, as to or from the shore; as, to lighter the cargo of a ship.

Lighter

Lighter \Light"er\, n. [D. ligter, fr. ligt light. See Light not heavy.] (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.

Lighter screw (Mach.), a screw for adjusting the distance between the stones in a grinding mill by raising or lowering the bridgetree.

Lighter

Light \Light\ (l[imac]t), a. [AS. le['o]ht. See Light, n.]

  1. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the apartment is light.

  2. White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light brown; a light complexion.

Lighter

Light \Light\, a. [Compar. Lighter (l[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Lightest.] [OE. light, liht, AS. l[=i]ht, le['o]ht; akin to D. ligt, G. leicht, OHG. l[=i]hti, Icel. l[=e]ttr, Dan. let, Sw. l["a]tt, Goth. leihts, and perh. to L. levis (cf. Levity), Gr. 'elachy`s small, Skr. laghu light. [root]125.]

  1. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not tending to be the center of gravity with force; not heavy.

    These weights did not exert their natural gravity, . . . insomuch that I could not guess which was light or heavy whilst I held them in my hand.
    --Addison.

  2. Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.

    Ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
    --Matt. xi. 29, 30.

  3. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not difficult; as, a light affliction or task.
    --Chaucer.

    Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.
    --Dryden.

  4. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as, light food; also, containing little nutriment.

  5. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light troops; a troop of light horse.

  6. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments; hence, active; nimble; swift.

    Unmarried men are best friends, best masters . . . but not always best subjects, for they are light to run away.
    --Bacon.

  7. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently ballasted; as, the ship returned light.

  8. Slight; not important; as, a light error.
    --Shak.

  9. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.

  10. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as, a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.

  11. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.

  12. Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy, graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light style of execution.

  13. Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled; volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.

    There is no greater argument of a light and inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at religion.
    --Tillotson.

  14. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.

    Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light.
    --Shak.

    Specimens of New England humor laboriously light and lamentably mirthful.
    --Hawthorne.

  15. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged; dizzy; giddy.

    Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain ?
    --Shak.

  16. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.

    To a fair semblance doth light faith annex.
    --Spenser.

  17. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.

    A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
    --Shak.

  18. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped; diminished; as, light coin.

  19. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil. Light cavalry, Light horse (Mil.), light-armed soldiers mounted on strong and active horses. Light eater, one who eats but little. Light infantry, infantry soldiers selected and trained for rapid evolutions. Light of foot.

    1. Having a light step.

    2. Fleet.

      Light of heart, gay, cheerful.

      Light oil (Chem.), the oily product, lighter than water, forming the chief part of the first distillate of coal tar, and consisting largely of benzene and toluene.

      Light sails (Naut.), all the sails above the topsails, with, also, the studding sails and flying jib.
      --Dan

      1. Light sleeper, one easily wakened.

        Light weight, a prize fighter, boxer, wrestler, or jockey, who is below a standard medium weight. Cf. Feather weight, under Feather. [Cant]

        To make light of, to treat as of little consequence; to slight; to disregard.

        To set light by, to undervalue; to slight; to treat as of no importance; to despise.

Wikipedia

Lighter (disambiguation)

A lighter is a hand-held device for creating a flame.

Lighter can also be:

  • Lighter (barge), a type of flat-bottomed barge used to transfer goods to and from moored ships
  • Lightering, also called "lighterage", the process of transferring cargo between vessels of different sizes
  • Lighter than air, gases that are buoyant in air because they have densities lower than that of air
  • Lighter-than-air craft, various types of aerostats including free balloons (see Balloon (aircraft)), moored balloons, and airships
  • Lighter, a fictional character in the game Mother 3; see Mother 3#Other characters
  • "Lighter", a song by Miss Kittin from Radio Caroline Vol.1
  • "Lighters" (song), a song by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars from their debut EP Hell: The Sequel
  • " Lighters (The One)", song by Gabz

Lighter (Miley Cyrus song)

"Lighter" is a song by American singer Miley Cyrus for her fifth studio album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz (2015). It was first premiered through SoundCloud on August 30, 2015 alongside the parent record, and was supplemented with an accompanying music video on November 21, 2015. The song was written by Cyrus, and was produced by Mike Will Made It and A+. Cyrus performed the track during her Milky Milky Milk Tour in November and December. "Lighter" is the fifteenth track on Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.

Lighter

A lighter is a portable device used to create a flame, and to ignite a variety of combustible materials, such as a cigar, gas stove, fireworks, candle, or cigarette. It consists of metal or plastic container filled with a flammable fluid or pressurized liquid gas, a means of ignition to produce the flame, and some provision for extinguishing the flame. Alternatively, a lighter can be powered by electricity, using an electric arc or heating element to ignite the target.

Lighter (barge)

A lighter is a type of flat-bottomed barge used to transfer goods and passengers to and from moored ships. Lighters were traditionally unpowered and were moved and steered using long oars called "sweeps" and the motive power of water currents. They were operated by highly skilled workers called lightermen and were a characteristic sight in London's docks until about the 1960s, when technological changes made this form of lightering largely redundant. Unpowered lighters continue to be moved by powered tugs, however, and lighters may also now themselves be powered. The term is also used in the Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) system.

The name itself is of uncertain origin, but is believed to possibly derive from an old Dutch or German word, lichten (to lighten or unload). In Dutch, the word lichter is still used for smaller ships that take over goods from larger ships.

The lighter barge gave rise to the "lighter tug", a small, maneuverable type of harbour tug. Lighter tugs—or simply "lighters"—are designed for towing lighter barges. As such, they are smaller than traditional harbour tugs and lack the power or equipment to handle large ships.

Lighters, albeit powered ones, were proposed to be used in 2007 at Port Lincoln and Whyalla in South Australia to load Capesize ships which are too big for the shallower waters close to shore.

Hong Kong widely uses lighters in midstream operations where lighters transport cargo, mostly containers, between oceangoing vessels or to and from terminals. Lighters in Hong Kong are usually equipped with cranes of 40-60 tonnes capacity, and the largest ones can carry up to 300 TEU containers (empties). Lighters are not fitted with engines but are towed by tugboats. In 2007, midstream operators handled about 2 million TEUs and 5 million TEUs were transported as river trade cargo which are heavily dependent on lighters.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

lighter

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a cigarette lighter (=something that produces a flame for lighting cigarettes)
▪ Does anyone have a match or a cigarette lighter?
cigarette lighter
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
cigarette
▪ She heard the hiss of a cigarette lighter, and opened her eyes.
▪ There were two auxiliary power sockets next to the cigarette lighter.
▪ It's a portable car phone that can be plugged into the socket of a cigarette lighter.
▪ There was a silver cigarette lighter in the desk drawer, he remembered, rarely used now that he'd almost given up.
▪ Traditionally, the rare earths have been used as catalysts in the chemical industry and in flints for cigarette lighters.
▪ Angry fists waved up, and some one threw something-a cigarette lighter? - at me, striking my knee.
▪ Wristwatch, wallet, tie, cigarette lighter.
▪ Forensic evidence showed the fire had been started in two places, possibly by a cigarette lighter or match.
■ VERB
make
▪ Although the position of the hand is not affected, this does seem to make the handling lighter.
▪ Several newly found motifs have renewed our pilgrimage in recent days, though they have not made the task lighter.
▪ A general tendency towards making artillery lighter and more mobile can also be seen in the later decades of the century.
▪ The alterations to the piano included making the touch lighter and reducing the key-dip.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
on a lighter note/in a lighter vein
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A lighter is a rare commodity here.
▪ Fighters need lots of things but not big muscles - one look at any of the lighter boxing greats tells us that.
▪ I mean, an enamel lighter?
▪ I snapped my lighter and the evening breeze promptly blew it out.
▪ If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.
▪ She heard the hiss of a cigarette lighter, and opened her eyes.
▪ The girl sits there muttering and shivering, with her last cigarette and an electric lighter.
▪ There were two auxiliary power sockets next to the cigarette lighter.
Wiktionary

lighter

Etymology 1

  1. (en-comparative of: light) Etymology 2

    n. 1 One who, or that which, lights. 2 A small, reusable handheld device for creating fire, especially for lighting cigarettes. Etymology 3

    n. A flat-bottomed boat for carrying heavy loads across short distances (especially for canals or for loading or unloading larger boats). v

  2. To transfer cargo or fuel from a ship, lightening it to make its draft less or to make it easier to refloat. Etymology 4

    a. (en-comparative of: light)

WordNet

lighter

v. transport in a flatbottom boat

lighter

  1. n. a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire [syn: igniter, ignitor]

  2. a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?" [syn: light, igniter, ignitor]

  3. a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals) [syn: barge, flatboat, hoy]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

lighter

"barge," late 15c., agent noun from light (adj.1), with a sense of lightening a load, or else from Dutch lichter, from lichten "to lighten, unload," on the same notion. They are used in loading or unloading ships that cannot approach a wharf.

lighter

"person who lights," 1550s, agent noun from light (v.2).

Usage examples of "lighter".

The Sherlock and the Watson floated alongside the offloaded actinium waiting for a lighter to arrive and recover the stolen merchandise.

The aerogram also gave the positions of the lighters loaded with ammunition which he had deposited round the English shores in anticipation of its arrival.

The sky had turned crimson and saffron in the east, and the deep midnight blue Dasaratha had seen from the akasa chamber had turned to a lighter blue, the exact blue shade of the white-and-blue china vase he had been gifted with by the Greek envoy just last week.

The man finished tamping, slipped his foot into a waiting boot, then lit the pipe with the anachronistic lighter in his left hand.

Yet a little further, and it grew lighter still, and he heard the throstles singing a little way off, and knew that they were on the edge of the pine-wood, and still her swift feet sped on till they came to a little grassy wood-lawn, with nought anear it on the side away from the wood save maples and thorn-bushes: it was broad daylight there, though the sun had not yet arisen.

He clicked the lighter shut, dropped it in his pocket, and leaned back on the edge of the table, his ankles crossed, his arms folded, frowning down over his shoulder at his bescribbled manuscript.

There was no drummer on the Biter, no soldiers, no one at all to beat to quarters or inst il a fearful discipline in the crew, while Jem Taylor, boatswain, had an altogether lighter touch than Bentley thought was necessary in that office.

And lighter than the gossamer She led the bobbers following her, Past old acquaintances, and where They made the stranger stupid stare.

Porter Square, Cambridge because whenever he finished the last of the substances on hand he always threw out all his bongs and pipes, screens and tubes and rolling papers and roach clips, lighters and Visine and Pepto-Bismol and cookies and frosting, to eliminate all future temptation.

Annabel favored lighter canvases with frolicsome color and romantic subject matter, like the Impressionists or the eighteenth-century French painters Boucher, Fragonard, and Watteau.

Drop in for a seasonal menu, which features hearty winter rib-grippers such as veal osso bucco with creamy roast garlic mushroom polenta and braised greens or somewhat lighter warm-weather fare such as cumin-crusted ahi tuna with beluga lentils, roasted vegetables, and red wine sauce.

He had pretty much arranged all the hard bulkiness of memory and grief into a balanced load when Meryd came into his life and the load, for a time, became immeasurably lighter.

After a quadrille, in which I had exerted myself a good deal, I felt hot and went up to my room to put on a lighter suit, and as I was doing so, in came the fair cousin, who asked me if I required anything.

The broken silver lighter, the saucerless cup, the cruet stand minus the vinegar.

The nutcracker shaped like an alligator, a lone mother-of pearl cuff link, a tortoiseshell comb with missing teeth, a broken silver lighter, a cruet stand minus the vinegar.