What does lightening mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lighteningnoun

    descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped

  2. whitening, lighteningnoun

    changing to a lighter color


  1. lighteningnoun

    The sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour

  2. lighteningnoun

    The removal of cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel in order to reduce its draft


  1. Lightening

    Lightning is a naturally occurring electrostatic discharge during which two electrically charged regions, both in the atmosphere or with one on the ground, temporarily neutralize themselves, causing the instantaneous release of an average of one gigajoule of energy. This discharge may produce a wide range of electromagnetic radiation, from heat created by the rapid movement of electrons, to brilliant flashes of visible light in the form of black-body radiation. Lightning causes thunder, a sound from the shock wave which develops as gases in the vicinity of the discharge experience a sudden increase in pressure. Lightning occurs commonly during thunderstorms as well as other types of energetic weather systems, but volcanic lightning can also occur during volcanic eruptions. The three main kinds of lightning are distinguished by where they occur: either inside a single thundercloud (intra-cloud), between two clouds (cloud-to-cloud), or between a cloud and the ground (cloud-to-ground). Many other observational variants are recognized, including "heat lightning", which can be seen from a great distance but not heard; dry lightning, which can cause forest fires; and ball lightning, which is rarely observed scientifically. Humans have deified lightning for millennia. Idiomatic expressions derived from lightning, such as the English expression "bolt from the blue", are common across languages. At all times people have been fascinated by the sight and difference of lightning. The fear of lightning is called astraphobia. The first known photograph of lightning is from 1847, by Thomas Martin Easterly. The first surviving photograph is from 1882, by William Nicholson Jennings, a photographer who spent half his life capturing pictures of lightning and proving its diversity.


  1. lightening

    Lightening is a natural atmospheric phenomenon characterized by the occurrence of an electrostatic discharge between clouds or between a cloud and the Earth's surface, accompanied by a brief flash of light and, often, thunder. This phenomenon is typically associated with thunderstorms. It can also refer to the process of making something lighter in color or weight, or reducing the severity or intensity of a situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lightening

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Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. lightening

    The operation (normally carried out at anchor) of transferring crude oil cargo from a large tanker to a smaller tanker, so reducing the draft of the larger tanker to enable it to enter port.

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  1. Lightening

    Lightening vs. Lightning -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Lightening and Lightning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightening in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lightening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lightening in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Esteruelas:

    Everybody knew it was a matter of time, you have already seen some lightening of positions and the exchange bonds in particular are going to face some upside price resistance.

  2. Frederick Douglas:

    Those who profess to favor freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without planting up the ground. They want rain without thunder or lightening. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. The struggle may not be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.

  3. Kristy Ray:

    We don’t what them playing if it’s too slick, if there’s lightening, if it’s too hot.

  4. Doug McLeod:

    I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.

  5. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Whatever touches the nerves of motive, whatever shifts man's moral position, is mightier than steam, or calorie, or lightening.

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