There are 2 definitions of lighter in English:


Syllabification: light·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlītər


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:


Syllabification: light·er
Pronunciation: /


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.


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


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



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.

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