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  • v. Present participle of lighten.
  • n. The sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour
  • n. The removal of cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel in order to reduce its draft

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of changing to a lighter color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A becoming light; the break of day. See lightning, 1.
  • n. See lightning, 2.
  • n. A brightening up, as of the mind or spirit.
  • n. In metallurgy, the sudden brightening of the color of silver during cupellation when the metal reaches the point of greatest purity.
  • n. The act or fact of becoming or making light or less heavy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. changing to a lighter color
  • n. descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped

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  • not to be confushed with lightning.

    June 26, 2007