lightening definition

  • verb:
    • Present participle of lighten.
  • noun:
    • the feeling due to the lineage of the womb into the pelvic cavity ahead of the start of labour
    • removing cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel being decrease its draft
    • the entire process of switching to a lighter shade.
    • A becoming light; the break of time. See lightning, 1.
    • identify lightning, 2.
    • A brightening up, by the mind or spirit.
    • In metallurgy, the abrupt brightening of the colour of gold during cupellation whenever steel reaches the point of best purity.
    • The act or reality of becoming or making light or less heavy.
    • changing to a lighter shade
    • descent of this womb to the pelvic hole that develops later in pregnancy; the fetus is thought to have dropped

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