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 for lighter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Light \Light\, a. [Compar. Lighter (l[imac]t"[~e]r); superl.
     Lightest.] [OE. light, liht, AS. l[imac]ht, le['i]ht; akin
     to D. ligt, G. leicht, OHG. l[imac]hti, Icel. l[=e]ttr, Dan.
     let, Sw. l[aum]tt, Goth. leihts, and perh. to L. levis (cf.
     Levity), Gr. 'elachy`s small, Skr. laghu light. [root]125.]
     1. Having little, or comparatively little, weight; not
        tending to be the center of gravity with force; not heavy.
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              These weights did not exert their natural gravity, .
              . . insomuch that I could not guess which was light
              or heavy whilst I held them in my hand. --Addison.
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     2. Not burdensome; easy to be lifted, borne, or carried by
        physical strength; as, a light burden, or load.
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              Ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is
              easy, and my burden is light.         --Matt. xi.
                                                    29, 30.
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     3. Easy to be endured or performed; not severe; not
        difficult; as, a light affliction or task. --Chaucer.
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              Light sufferings give us leisure to complain.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. Easy to be digested; not oppressive to the stomach; as,
        light food; also, containing little nutriment.
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     5. Not heavily armed; armed with light weapons; as, light
        troops; a troop of light horse.
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     6. Not encumbered; unembarrassed; clear of impediments;
        hence, active; nimble; swift.
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              Unmarried men are best friends, best masters . . .
              but not always best subjects, for they are light to
              run away.                             --Bacon.
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     7. Not heavily burdened; not deeply laden; not sufficiently
        ballasted; as, the ship returned light.
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     8. Slight; not important; as, a light error. --Shak.
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     9. Well leavened; not heavy; as, light bread.
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     10. Not copious or heavy; not dense; not inconsiderable; as,
         a light rain; a light snow; light vapors.
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     11. Not strong or violent; moderate; as, a light wind.
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     12. Not pressing heavily or hard upon; hence, having an easy,
         graceful manner; delicate; as, a light touch; a light
         style of execution.
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     13. Easy to admit influence; inconsiderate; easily influenced
         by trifling considerations; unsteady; unsettled;
         volatile; as, a light, vain person; a light mind.
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               There is no greater argument of a light and
               inconsiderate person than profanely to scoff at
               religion.                            --Tillotson.
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     14. Indulging in, or inclined to, levity; wanting dignity or
         solemnity; trifling; gay; frivolous; airy; unsubstantial.
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               Seneca can not be too heavy, nor Plautus too light.
                                                    --Shak.
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               Specimens of New England humor laboriously light
               and lamentably mirthful.             --Hawthorne.
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     15. Not quite sound or normal; somewhat impaired or deranged;
         dizzy; giddy.
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               Are his wits safe? Is he not light of brain ?
                                                    --Shak.
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     16. Easily bestowed; inconsiderately rendered.
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               To a fair semblance doth light faith annex.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     17. Wanton; unchaste; as, a woman of light character.
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               A light wife doth make a heavy husband. --Shak.
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     18. Not of the legal, standard, or usual weight; clipped;
         diminished; as, light coin.
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     19. Loose; sandy; easily pulverized; as, a light soil.
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     Light cavalry, Light horse (Mil.), light-armed soldiers
        mounted on strong and active horses.
  
     Light eater, one who eats but little.
  
     Light infantry, infantry soldiers selected and trained for
        rapid evolutions.
  
     Light of foot.
         (a) Having a light step.
         (b) Fleet.
  
     Light of heart, gay, cheerful.
  
     Light oil (Chem.), the oily product, lighter than water,
        forming the chief part of the first distillate of coal
        tar, and consisting largely of benzene and toluene.
  
     Light sails (Naut.), all the sails above the topsails,
        with, also, the studding sails and flying jib. --Dana.
  
     Light sleeper, one easily wakened.
  
     Light weight, a prize fighter, boxer, wrestler, or jockey,
        who is below a standard medium weight. Cf. Feather
        weight, under Feather. [Cant]
  
     To make light of, to treat as of little consequence; to
        slight; to disregard.
  
     To set light by, to undervalue; to slight; to treat as of
        no importance; to despise.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Light \Light\ (l[imac]t), a. [AS. le['i]ht. See Light, n.]
     [Compar. Lighter (l[imac]t"[~e]r); superl. Lightest.]
     1. Having light; not dark or obscure; bright; clear; as, the
        apartment is light.
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     2. White or whitish; not intense or very marked; not of a
        deep shade; moderately colored; as, a light color; a light
        brown; a light complexion.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighter \Light"er\ (l[imac]t"[~e]r), n.
     One who, or that which, lights; as, a lighter of lamps.
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     cigarette lighter A small portable device which produces a
        flame when a button is pushed, carried on the person to
        allow one to light cigarettes conveniently, and taking the
        place of a match. It may have a reservoir of liquid fuel
        conveyed by a wick, or may contain compressed butane as
        the fuel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighter \Light"er\, n. [D. ligter, fr. ligt light. See Light
     not heavy.] (Naut.)
     A large boat or barge, mainly used in unloading or loading
     vessels which can not reach the wharves at the place of
     shipment or delivery.
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     Lighter screw (Mach.), a screw for adjusting the distance
        between the stones in a grinding mill by raising or
        lowering the bridgetree.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lighter \Light"er\, v. t.
     To convey by a lighter, as to or from the shore; as, to
     lighter the cargo of a ship.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lighter
      n 1: a substance used to ignite or kindle a fire [syn:
           igniter, ignitor, lighter]
      2: a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires;
         "do you have a light?" [syn: lighter, light, igniter,
         ignitor]
      3: a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on
         canals) [syn: barge, flatboat, hoy, lighter]
      v 1: transport in a flatbottom boat

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