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[lahy-ter] /ˈlaɪ tər/
noun
1.
a large, open, flat-bottomed barge, used in unloading and loading ships offshore or in transporting goods for short distances in shallow waters.
verb (used with object)
2.
to convey in or as if in a lighter.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see light3, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for lightered

lighter1

/ˈlaɪtə/
noun
1.
a small portable device for providing a naked flame or red-hot filament to light cigarettes, etc
2.
a person or thing that ignites something

lighter2

/ˈlaɪtə/
noun
1.
a flat-bottomed barge used for transporting cargo, esp in loading or unloading a ship
Word Origin
C15: probably from Middle Dutch; compare C16 Dutch lichter
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Word Origin and History for lightered

lighter

n.

"barge," late 15c., agent noun from light (adj.1), with a sense of lightening a load, or else from Dutch lichter, from lichten "to lighten, unload," on the same notion. They are used in loading or unloading ships that cannot approach a wharf.

"person who lights," 1550s, agent noun from light (v.2).

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Encyclopedia Article for lightered

lighter

shallow-draft boat or barge, usually flat-bottomed, used in unloading (lightening) or loading ships offshore. Use of lighters requires extra handling and thus extra time and expense and is largely confined to ports without enough traffic to justify construction of piers or wharves. Lighters are also used in transporting freight for short distances, as around harbours. Lighters have been developed that can be loaded, cargo and all, on specially designed ships in a combination called LASH (lighter aboard ship).

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