Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An extremely dim, short-lived, expanding disk of reddish light found above thunderstorms and believed to be created by electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An old form of Elf.

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  • noun astronomy, meteorology an upper atmospheric optical phenomena associated with thunderstorms, rapidly expanding disk-shaped regions of luminosity, lasting less than a thousandth of a second, which occur high above energetic cloud-to-ground lightning of positive or negative polarity
  • noun Obsolete form of elf.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[e(mission of) l(ight and) v(ery low-frequency perturbations from) e(lectromagnetic pulse sources).]

Examples

  • Bekel, Steep Nemorn, elve hundred and therety and to years how the krow flees end in deed, after a power of skimiskes, blodidens and godinats of them, when we sight the beasts, (heg-heg whatlk of wraimy wetter!), moist moonful date man aver held dimsdzey death with, and higheye was in the Reilly Oirish

    Finnegans Wake

  • I don't mean Tolkien's pastiches of Breton lais in his elve-songs, which seem rather insipid, but his recreation of Anglo-Saxon verse, which is magnificent: the lament for Théoden Kin (Return, p. 124), "We heard of the horns in the hills ringing," is a small masterpiece.

    Hobbit-Forming

  • The term _Brownie_, or swarthy elve, suggests a connection between them and the _Gwylliaid Cochion_, or Red Fairies of Wales.

    Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales

  • "Invert the tables, you misbegotten son of an elve," replied Fenton;

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • D elve into ribs and salmon at the annual Johnson Farm Museum Salmon Bake & Rib BBQ this weekend.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • Read more elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it ...

    WAVY TV

  • Read more elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it ...

    Dark Roasted Blend

  • Read more elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it ...

    Dark Roasted Blend

  • Read more elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it ...

    WAVY TV

  • Read more elve - great piece of info, wish there were any pictures of it ...

    WAVY TV

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