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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 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

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

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

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 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

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 English-Spanish

a bolt o flash of lightning

lightning bug English-Spanish

luciérnaga f, bicho m de luz RPl

ball lightning English-Spanish

relámpago, relámpago

bolt (of lightning) in bolt English-Spanish

relámpago m, rayo m

the lightning flashed in flash English-Spanish

relampagueó, hubo un relámpago

like greased lightning in lightning English-Spanish

como un relámpago, como una centella

the sky was riven by lightning in riven English-Spanish

un rayo hendió el firmamento

the tree was struck by lightning in strike English-Spanish

el árbol fue alcanzado por un rayo, cayó un rayo en el árbol

lightning never strikes in the same place twice in strike English-Spanish

los rayos nunca caen dos veces en el mismo sitio


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