Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flash of lightning; specifically, a flash unaccompanied by thunder.
  • n. The northern light, or aurora borealis.

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Examples

  • “He passed by me like a fire-flaught when I was in the garden!”

    Old Mortality

  • Like the course of the fire-flaught the clansmen pass'd on,

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV. The Songs of Scotland of the Past Half Century

  • Soon he heard cries of alarm, horror, despair, and came up to the worthy clergyman of the parish cowering up against the hedge, almost in a fainting fit, under a strong impression that it was the Evil One in person who just hissed past him in a fire-flaught.

    Rides on Railways

  • On that fearfu disclosure, when ye rushed frae the Countess's presence and saddled your horse, and left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna fund out that the union, which she had framed this awfu 'tale to prevent, had e'en taen place.

    The Antiquary

  • "He passed by me like a fire-flaught when I was in the garden!"

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • On that fearfu 'disclosure, when ye rushed frae the Countess's presence and saddled your horse, and left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna fund out that the union, which she had framed this awfu' tale to prevent, had e'en taen place.

    The Antiquary — Volume 02

  • Yet Christ cometh with an immediate glimpse, like a fire-flaught [flash of lightening] in the air, which letteth the lost and bewildered traveler, in an extremely dark night, see a lodging at hand, whereas otherwise he should have fallen in a pit and lost himself: and in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the Lord having rebuked the winds and the stormy tempests in the soul, there is a calm and peace, (Psalm 31: 22; Jonah 2: 4).

    The Tryal & Triumph of Faith: or An Exposition of the History of Christs dispossessing of the daughter of the woman of Canaan.

  • Aiblins a fire-flaught o 'my een, it might be -- I've had them unco often, the day -- "

    Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet An Autobiography

  • On that fearfu’ disclosure, when ye rushed frae the Countess’s presence and saddled your horse, and left the castle like a fire-flaught, the Countess hadna yet discovered your private marriage; she hadna fund out that the union, which she had framed this awfu’ tale to prevent, had e’en taen place.

    The Antiquary

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