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

  • n. Intermittent flashes of light near the horizon, usually seen on a hot summer evening, unaccompanied by thunder and thought to be cloud reflections of distant lightning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. more or less vivid and extensive flashes of electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon, esp. at the close of a hot day.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bright flashes of light near the horizon without thunder (especially on hot evenings); usually attributed to distant lightning that is reflected by clouds


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  • Heat lightning is a misnomer for the faint flashes of lightning on the horizon or other clouds from distant thunderstorms that do not have accompanying sounds of thunder. Heat lightning was named because it often occurs on hot summer nights, and to distinguish it from lightning with accompanying thunder.


    February 5, 2008