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lightning British & World English

The occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder

lightning New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

natural electrical discharge;

lightning bug British & World English

North American term for firefly.

ball lightning British & World English

A rare and little known kind of lightning having the form of a moving globe of light several centimetres across which persists for periods of up to a minute

heat lightning British & World English

A flash or flashes of light seen near the horizon, especially on warm evenings, believed to be the reflection of distant lightning on high clouds

lightning chess British & World English

A form of chess in which moves must be made at very short intervals

sheet lightning British & World English

Lightning with its brightness diffused by reflection within clouds

white lightning British & World English

Illicit home-made whiskey, typically colourless and distilled from corn

forked lightning British & World English

Lightning that is visible in the form of a zigzag or branching line across the sky

lightning strike British & World English

A strike by workers after little or no warning, especially without official union backing

summer lightning British & World English

Distant sheet lightning without audible thunder, typically occurring on a summer night

lightning conductor British & World English

A metal rod or wire fixed to an exposed part of a building or other tall structure to divert lightning harmlessly into the ground

streak of lightning British & World English

A flash of lightning

lightning never strikes twice in the same place British & World English

An unusual situation or event is unlikely to happen again in exactly the same circumstances or to the same person

lightning rod in lightning conductor British & World English

A metal rod or wire fixed to an exposed part of a building or other tall structure to divert lightning harmlessly into the ground

lightning never strikes twice in the same place in lightning British & World English

An unusual situation or event is unlikely to happen again in exactly the same circumstances or to the same person