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What is the difference between lightening
means to make something lighter (in colour or weight).
- I'm lightening the bathroom with the leftover white paint.
is the flash of light followed by thunder during a storm.
- Did you see that fork of lightning?
Lightening or Lightning?
Writers are often confused between lightening
due to their similar sounds and spellings.
The word lightening
comes from the verb to lighten
. It means to make something paler in color (
) / colour (
) or to reduce something in weight.
- I had to throw away my dress after my failed attempt at lightening it.
- Lightening the sacks will help us move the corn more quickly.
You will also see lightening
being used figuratively
. For example:
- Making jokes is my brother's way of lightening the mood.
is the present participle
of the verb to lighten
The noun lightning
is often seen in the term thunder and lightning
. In other words, lightning
denotes a flash of light caused by the discharge of electricity in the atmosphere.
- Thunder is good. Thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. (Mark Twain)
- Electricity is really just organized lightning. (George Carlin)
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