There are 2 definitions of lighter in English:

lighter1

Syllabification: light·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlītər
 
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noun

  • A device that produces a small flame, typically used to light cigarettes.
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    • Open flames, cigarettes, matches, lighters, pilot lights, or electric sparks can cause the chemicals in the paint strippers to suddenly catch fire.
    • Then gently warm the metal sleeve with a small flame from a cigarette lighter and pull the ring off using a pair of pliers.
    • It is believed a flame from a cigarette lighter ignited oxygen at the man's bedside.

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There are 2 definitions of lighter in English:

lighter2

Syllabification: light·er
Pronunciation: /
 
ˈlītər/

noun

  • A flat-bottomed barge or other unpowered boat used to transfer cargo to and from ships in harbor.
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    • In watercraft delivery, cases of MREs are loaded onto lighters, flat-bottomed boats, or barges and transported from port to port.
    • Such lighters, usually flat-bottomed barges, were used in lightening or loading and unloading vessels that could not be wharfed, or where harbour facilities were underdeveloped or too small.
    • On the Gallipoli peninsula, seaborne landings were made in 1915, despite the fact that no specially designed craft were available, troops transferring from seagoing vessels to lighters to be ferried ashore.

verb

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  • Transport (goods) in a lighter: they lightered their cargo ashore

Derivatives

lighterman

noun (plural lightermen)
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  • Before the docks were built lightermen ferried goods from ships in midstream to the river quays.
  • The story of the Thames is a very rich one and the watermen and lightermen have played a large part in it.
  • The lightermen live on as the masters of the waste disposal vessels and dredgers you see on the Thames today.

Origin

late Middle English: from light2 (in the sense 'unload'), or from Middle Low German luchter.

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