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light·en 1

 (līt′n)
v. light·ened, light·en·ing, light·ens
v.tr.
1.
a. To make light or lighter; illuminate or brighten.
b. To make (a color) lighter.
2. Archaic To enlighten.
v.intr.
1. To become lighter; brighten.
2. To be luminous; shine.
3. To give off flashes of lightning.

light·en 2

 (līt′n)
v. light·ened, light·en·ing, light·ens
v.tr.
1. To make less heavy: I lightened my backpack by removing a large textbook.
2. To lessen the severity or oppressiveness of: lighten the workload. See Synonyms at relieve.
3. To make less worried or more cheerful: lighten the mood.
v.intr.
1. To become less in weight.
2. To become less oppressive, troublesome, or severe.
3. To become cheerful: The mood lightened when the party started.
Phrasal Verb:
lighten up Informal
To take matters less seriously: Everything will work out fine, so stop worrying and lighten up.

lightening

(ˈlaɪtənɪŋ)
n
(Gynaecology & Obstetrics) obstetrics the sensation, experienced by many women late in pregnancy when the head of the fetus enters the pelvis, of a reduction in pressure on the diaphragm, making it easier to breathe

lightening

- A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy, as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis.
See also related terms for womb.

lightening

The operation (normally carried out at anchor) of transferring crude oil cargo from a large tanker to a smaller tanker, so reducing the draft of the larger tanker to enable it to enter port.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lightening - descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped
descent - a movement downward
2.lightening - changing to a lighter color
change of color - an act that changes the light that something reflects
bleach - the act of whitening something by bleaching it (exposing it to sunlight or using a chemical bleaching agent)
Translations

light·en·ing

n. [childbirth] aligeramiento, descenso del útero en la cavidad pélvica, gen. en la etapa final del embarazo.

lightening

n (obst) encajamiento, descenso del feto al final del embarazo
References in classic literature ?
These returned quick as lightening to their camp with the alarming news of a mighty army in view.
The brave soldier had already numbered, nearly or quite, his three-score years and ten, and was pursuing the remainder of his earthly march, burdened with infirmities which even the martial music of his own spirit-stirring recollections could do little towards lightening.
It's such a lightening of my heart, only to look at you
While Robin and Marian were having their encounter with the stag, Little John, Much the miller's son, and Will Scarlet had sallied forth to watch the highroad leading to Barnesdale, if perchance they might find some haughty knight or fat priest whose wallet needed lightening.
At last I tore my eyes from it for a moment and saw that the hail curtain had worn threadbare, and that the sky was lightening with the promise of the Sun.
Occasionally, by the light of a flash of lightening which gleamed along the horizon, the road stretched itself before them, white and solitary; the flash extinct, all remained in darkness.
But before the doctor and the father could reach the room, the servants who were on the same floor had entered, and seeing Valentine pale and motionless on her bed, they lifted up their hands towards heaven and stood transfixed, as though struck by lightening.
Irving, who acted as my pioneer, and to whom I am greatly indebted for smoothing my path and lightening my labors.
He blinked up at Ruth as she appeared, and Ruth, as she looked at him, was conscious, as usual, of a lightening of the depression which, nowadays, seemed to have settled permanently upon her.
I turned and saw that she had deliberately slipped to the ground in the very path of the cruel demons who pursued us, thinking that by lightening the burden of my mount it might thus be enabled to bear me to the safety of the hills.
Along the bed of the old watercourse that once ran through the gorge they made their way, and as the first faint lightening of the eastern horizon presaged the coming dawn, they paused for a moment upon the edge of a declivity, which appeared to the girl in the strange light of the waning night as a vast, bottomless pit; but, as their captors resumed their way and the light of the new day became stronger, she saw that they were moving downward toward a dense forest.
Looking fixedly eastward he seemed to be conscious of some faint lightening in the sky.