from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Begin lightening raids on predatory businesses and apprehending all illegal immigrants in the workplace.
Nevertheless, plenty of light flooded the space from two ornate chandeliers and all the lightening from the camera crews.
(The Philipines, as one example, sells many skin lightening soaps.)
That's why Johnson and Johnson makes billions selling dangerous and toxic skin lightening cream to beautiful brownskinned women in Africa and India - and that's why they and the other drug companies make billions selling useless (and often dangerous) weight loss products to healthy American women.
Our various agencies have apparently developed excellent communication and raport with each other so that solving these incidents is happening in lightening time!
Cholera strikes so fast it is sometimes called the lightening disease.
For this time around, I had no interest in lightening the recipe (I love bacon and it really makes this soup), but I did want to get away from the canned beans.
She is also technically superb and can move like lightening from the most powerful empathy to conveying emotions: her humour is astringent but never cynical: she is a lovely person and one of my dearest friends.
Is skin lightening an attempt to beat racism (and therefore a result of racism) or simply a cosmetic desire?
I have killed numerous animals with SMALLER THAN NORMAL BULLET WEIGHTS with HIGHER THAN NORMAL VELOCITIES with these bullets and death is like chain lightening!