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(LIGHT uh ning) (verb
To make something less heavy, difficult, or severe: Bill's friends were lightening
his heavy load by carrying some of the packages to the car.
Jodie will be lightening your responsibilities by hiring another staff person.
(LIGHT ning) (noun
The discharge of electricity in the atmosphere: The thunderstorm was accompanied by a display of lightning that was somewhat frightening.
The sharp crack of lightning startled Pete so much that he dropped one of the boxes he was carrying; and so, accidentally lightening his load.
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An electrical discharge in the atmosphere.
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Cloud-to-cloud lightning, common in the summer, which occurs behind a cloud or below the horizon but lights up the surrounding clouds.
Usually no thunder is heard because of the distance from the observer.