an informal, simplified spelling of light2 ( defs 12, 13 ), used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products: lite beer.
light2 ( def 36 ).

liteness, noun

lite, light. Unabridged


a combining form used in the names of minerals or fossils: aerolite; chrysolite.
Also, -lyte2.
Compare -lith.

< French, simplified form of -lithe < Greek líthos stone; similarly German -lit, earlier -lith Unabridged
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lite (laɪt)
1.  (of food and drink) containing few calories or little alcohol or fat
2.  denoting a more restrained or less extreme version of a person or thing: reggae lite
[C20: variant spelling of light²]

n combining form
Compare -lith (in names of minerals) stone: chrysolite
[from French -lite or -lithe, from Greek lithos stone]

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Word Origin & History

comb. form meaning "stone," from Fr. -lite, variant of -lithe, from Gk. lithos "stone."
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Computing Dictionary

lite definition

(Misspelling of "light", when used to mean "lightweight") A suffix denoting a scaled-down or crippled product, often designed to be distributed without charge, e.g. on a magazine coverdisk. An example is pklite.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Besides, that is an opinion piece and a bit lite on facts.
Not surprisingly many developers are releasing lite versions of their paid apps for free.
Lite beer seemed less problematic than regular beer or ale.
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