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see bargebarge,
large boat, generally flat-bottomed, used for transporting goods. Most barges on inland waterways are towed, but some river barges are self-propelled. There are also sailing barges.
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Lighter

 

(Russian, likhter; from Dutch lichter), an unpowered maritime freight carrier used with tugboats to transport cargo and also used in nonberth cargo operations to load and unload deep-draft ships that cannot enter port and are waiting at a roadstead. Lighters sometimes have their own loading equipment.


Lighter

 

a non-self-propelled cargo ship with a shallow draft and simple lines that carries loads on its deck; it is used chiefly for transshipping operations in roadsteads. Lighters may also serve as supports for floating bridges.

lighter

[′līd·ər]
(naval architecture)
A barge used to load and unload ships not lying at piers, or to move cargo around a harbor.

lighter

1
a small portable device for providing a naked flame or red-hot filament to light cigarettes, etc.

lighter

2
a flat-bottomed barge used for transporting cargo, esp in loading or unloading a ship
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