lighter

lighter1
/luy"teuhr/, n.
1. a person or thing that lights or ignites.
2. a mechanical device used in lighting cigarettes, cigars, or pipes for smoking.
[1545-55; LIGHT1 + -ER1]
lighter2
/luy"teuhr/, n.
1. a large, open, flat-bottomed barge, used in unloading and loading ships offshore or in transporting goods for short distances in shallow waters.
v.t.
2. to convey in or as if in a lighter.
[1350-1400; ME; see LIGHT3, -ER1]

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      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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