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Definition of "lighter" []

  • One that ignites or kindles. (noun)
  • A mechanical device for lighting a cigarette, cigar, or pipe. (noun)
  • A large flatbottom barge, especially one used to deliver or unload goods to or from a cargo ship or transport goods over short distances. (noun)
  • To convey (cargo) in a lighter. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lighter" in a sentence
  • ""Hollo! in the lighter there -- I say, you _lighter boy_!" were words I heard, as I was pacing the deck of the vessel in deep cogitation Tom and his father were both in the cabin; there could be no doubt but that they were addressed to me."
  • "In studying the Old Testament, the rabbis had identified 613 commandments, some of which they classified as lighter and some they considered heavy, or more important."
  • "Or, in lighter vein, Billy: By the way, Saxon, talkin 'of accounts, what d'you think Hazel an' Hattie is worth?"