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Meaning of LIGHTNING

Pronunciation:  'lItning

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [n]  abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light

LIGHTNING is a 9 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: atmospheric electricity, bolt, bolt of lightning, chain lightning, flash, forked lightning, heat lightning, sheet lighting, thunderbolt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Light"ning\ (l[imac]t"n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening,
    fr. lighten to flash.]
    1. 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.
    2. The act of making bright, or the state of being made
       bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental
       powers. [R.]
    {Ball lightning}, a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as
       a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.
    {Chain lightning}, lightning in angular, zigzag, or forked
    {Heat lightning}, more or less vivid and extensive flashes of
       electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon,
       esp. at the close of a hot day.
    {Lightning arrester} (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
       {lightning discharger}.
    {Lightning bug} (Zo["o]l.), a luminous beetle. See {Firefly}.
    {Lightning conductor}, a lightning rod.
    {Lightning glance}, a quick, penetrating glance of a
       brilliant eye.
    {Lightning rod}, 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.
    {Sheet lightning}, 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.
  2. \Light"ning\ (l[imac]t"n[i^]ng), vb. n.
    Lightening. [R.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing lightning in your dream means sudden awareness, insight, and purification. Alternatively, lightning may imply a shocking turn of events. It suggests the many forces governing your life may be beyond your control. Dreaming that you are struck by lightning, symbolizes irreversible changes occurring in your life. It is a transformation of sorts.
Easton Bible Dictionary

frequently referred to by the sacred writers (Nah. 1:3-6). Thunder and lightning are spoken of as tokens of God's wrath (2 Sam. 22:15; Job 28:26; 37:4; Ps. 135:7; 144:6; Zech. 9:14). They represent God's glorious and awful majesty (Rev. 4:5), or some judgment of God on the world (20:9).

Thesaurus Terms
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