lighter

noun (1)
ligh·​ter | \ ˈlī-tər How to pronounce lighter (audio) \

Definition of lighter

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a large usually flat-bottomed barge used especially in unloading or loading ships

lighter

verb
lightered; lightering; lighters

Definition of lighter (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to convey by a lighter

lighter

noun (2)
light·​er | \ ˈlī-tər How to pronounce lighter (audio) \

Definition of lighter (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : one that lights or sets a fire
2 : a device for lighting a fire especially : a mechanical or electrical device used for lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes

First Known Use of lighter

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1840, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lighter

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch *lichter, from lichten to unload; akin to Old English lēoht light in weight

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“Lighter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lighter. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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