lightening / lightning

lightening / lightning
   Lightening is a verb that means "to reduce the weight of": My course load needs lightening if I am to complete this course successfully.
   Lightning refers to the electrical discharge in the sky: Fred captured the image of a bolt of lightning on film.

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  • lightening, lightning — Lightening (pronounced LAIT un ning ) means making lighter in weight, lessening. Lightning (pronounced LAIT ning ) is an electrical discharge. By lightening the load, we can travel faster. What is your opinion of the story about Ben Franklin and… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • lightening / lightning —    Lightening is a verb that means to reduce the weight of : My course load needs lightening if I am to complete this course successfully.    Lightning refers to the electrical discharge in the sky: Fred captured the image of a bolt of lightning… …   Confused words

  • lightning — lightning, lightening Lightning is the spelling with reference to electrical flashes in the sky (thunder and lightning), whereas lightening is a form of the verb lighten • (I welcome the lightening of this burden that s imposed on councils… …   Modern English usage

  • lightening — lightning, lightening Lightning is the spelling with reference to electrical flashes in the sky (thunder and lightning), whereas lightening is a form of the verb lighten • (I welcome the lightening of this burden that s imposed on councils… …   Modern English usage

  • lightening — See lightening, lightning …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • lightning — See lightening, lightning …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • Lightning — Light ning (l[imac]t n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening, fr. lighten to flash.] 1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lightning arrester — Lightning Light ning (l[imac]t n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening, fr. lighten to flash.] 1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lightning bug — Lightning Light ning (l[imac]t n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening, fr. lighten to flash.] 1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lightning conductor — Lightning Light ning (l[imac]t n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening, fr. lighten to flash.] 1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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