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  • noun Plural of elf.

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  • noun Plural form of elf.
  • noun Plural form of elve.

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  • noun an acronym for emissions of light and very low frequency perturbations due to electromagnetic pulse sources; extremely bright extremely short (less than a msec) electrical flashes forming a huge ring (up to 400 km diameter) in the ionosphere

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  • Not the short ones that you think of when you think Santa. The tall beautiful ones that are graceful and live in Middle Earth.

    December 2, 2006

  • In weather terminology, elves are huge bluish or white disks or cone-shaped light coming from the top of a thunderstorm. Some grow to be 250 miles or more in diameter and may extend 60 miles into the air. They are believed to be produced when electromagnetic pulses move through the ionosphere. The pulses could come from radio waves within the lightning flashes themselves. Elves last less than 1/1000th of a second.

    September 23, 2007

  • "Elves last less than 1/1000th of a second."

    Funny, I always thought they were immortal!

    September 23, 2007

  • Heehee! Yep, I thought of that when I read the definition.

    There's also a weather phenomenon known as a sprite, but I'm not touching that one with a 20-foot pole. ;->

    September 23, 2007

  • Because you might get a shock, right? :-P

    September 24, 2007

  • Er...yeah. That's it. Right. ;->

    September 24, 2007