from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An abrupt, discontinuous natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.
- noun The visible flash of light accompanying such a discharge.
- noun Informal A sudden, usually improbable stroke of fortune.
- intransitive verb To discharge a flash of lightning.
- adjective Moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A becoming light or less heavy; an exhilaration of the spirits.
- noun A becoming light or bright; a flashing of light: in this sense usually lightening.
- noun A sudden illumination of the heavens caused by the discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or from a cloud to the earth; a flash of light due to electricity in the atmosphere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- verb rare Lightening.
- noun A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound produced by the electricity in passing rapidly through the atmosphere constitutes thunder.
- noun rare The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
- noun a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.
- noun lightning in angular, zigzag, or forked flashes.
- noun more or less vivid and extensive flashes of electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon, esp. at the close of a hot day.
- noun (Telegraphy) a device, at the place where a wire enters a building, for preventing injury by lightning to an operator or instrument. It consists of a short circuit to the ground interrupted by a thin nonconductor over which lightning jumps. Called also
- noun (Zoöl.) a luminous beetle. See
- noun a lightning rod.
- noun a quick, penetrating glance of a brilliant eye.
- noun a metallic rod set up on a building, or on the mast of a vessel, and connected with the earth or water below, for the purpose of protecting the building or vessel from lightning.
- noun a diffused glow of electric light flashing out from the clouds, and illumining their outlines. The appearance is sometimes due to the reflection of light from distant flashes of lightning by the nearer clouds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The
flashof lightcaused by the discharge of atmospheric electricalcharge.
- noun The
dischargeof atmospheric electricalcharge itself.
- noun figuratively Anything that moves very fast.
- adjective Extremely
- adjective Moving at the speed of lightning.
- verb impersonal To produce lightning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
- noun the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
When we come back, what we call our lightning round.
I remember one of the operations that did go on in -- well, not actually in Basra; I believe it was in Az Zubayr, British forces, what they described as a lightning quick raid.
It usually happens that the exhalation that is ejected is inflamed and burns with a thin and faint fire: this is what we call lightning, where we see as it were the exhalation coloured in the act of its ejection.
As a child of seven or eight she began to experience what she describes as lightning-like sensations,
The powerful electric discharges which we call lightning separate or split the watery vapors in the air into these elements.
God directs the thunder, and the lightning is his, v. 3.
Q Geoff, the Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that the director general of the Israeli defense ministry made what they call a lightning visit to Washington yesterday.
And why does Palpatine become so permanently deformed when his Sith lightning is turned back on him (Luke is not so deformed by Palpatine's lightning at the end of ROTJ)?
The whole story worked out before him in lightning flashes.
The "big story" of the day would sometimes start on one end of the block and work its way through the attached houses in lightning speed.