Lightable to Lignitiferous
(Light"a*ble) a. Such as can be lighted.
(Light"-armed`) a. Armed with light weapons or accouterments.
(Light"-boat`) n. Light-ship.
(Light"e) obs. imp. of Light, to alight. Chaucer.
(Light"en) v. i. [See Light to alight.] To descend; to light.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us.Book of Common Prayer [Eng. Ed.].
(Light"en) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lightened (-'nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Lightening.] [OE. lightenen.
See Light to kindle, illuminate.]
1. To burst forth or dart, as lightning; to shine with, or like, lightning; to display a flash or flashes of lightning; to
This dreadful night,Shak.
That thunders, lightens, opens graves, and roars
As doth the lion.
2. To grow lighter; to become less dark or lowering; to brighten; to clear, as the sky.
(Light"en), v. t. [See Light to illuminate.]
1. To make light or clear; to light; to illuminate; as, to lighten an apartment with lamps or gas; to lighten
the streets. [In this sense less common than light.]
A key of fire ran all along the shore,Dryden.
And lightened all the river with a blaze.
2. To illuminate with knowledge; to enlighten. [In this sense less common than enlighten.]
Lighten my spirit with one clear heavenly ray.Sir J. Davies.
3. To emit or disclose in, or as in, lightning; to flash out, like lightning.
His eye . . . lightens forthShak.
4. To free from trouble and fill with joy.
They looked unto him, and were lightened.Ps. xxxiv. 5.
(Light"en), v. t. [See Light not heavy.]
1. To make lighter, or less heavy; to reduce in weight; to relieve of part of a load or burden; as, to lighten
a ship by unloading; to lighten a load or burden.
2. To make less burdensome or afflictive; to alleviate; as, to lighten the cares of life or the burden of
3. To cheer; to exhilarate.
Lightens my humor with his merry jests.Shak.
(Light"er) n. One who, or that which, lights; as, a lighter of lamps.