from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An abrupt, discontinuous natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.
- n. The visible flash of light accompanying such a discharge.
- n. Informal A sudden, usually improbable stroke of fortune.
- intransitive v. To discharge a flash of lightning.
- adj. Moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The flash of light caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
- n. The discharge of atmospheric electrical charge itself.
- n. Anything that moves very fast.
- adj. Extremely fast or sudden.
- adj. Moving at the speed of lightning.
- v. To produce lightning.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
- v. Lightening.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A becoming light or bright; a flashing of light: in this sense usually lightening.
- n. 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.
- n. A becoming light or less heavy; an exhilaration of the spirits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
- n. 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
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.