Lightening or Lightning?

What is the difference between lightening and lightning?

Lightening means to make something lighter (in colour or weight). Lightning is the flash of light followed by thunder during a storm.

Lightening or Lightning?

Writers are often confused between lightening and lightning 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.

Examples: You will also see lightening being used figuratively. For example: (Note: Lightening 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.


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