A spectacular display of lightning.
- The definition of lightning is extremely quick.
An example of lightning used as an adjective is lightning speed which means moving very quickly.
- Lightning is defined as a flash of light that is caused by the discharge of electricity in the atmosphere.
An example of lightning is the flash of light often seen before the thunder is heard.
- a flash, or series of flashes, of light in the sky caused by the discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth
- such a discharge of electricity
Origin of lightningMiddle English lightninge from lightnen, to lighten
- a. An abrupt, discontinuous natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.b. The visible flash of light accompanying such a discharge.
- Informal A sudden, usually improbable stroke of fortune.
intransitive verblight·ninged, light·ning, light·nings
Origin of lightningMiddle English gerund of lightnen to illuminate from lighten from Old English līhtan ; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
(usually uncountable, plural lightnings)
- A flash of light produced by short-duration, high-voltage discharge of electricity within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the earth.
- Although we did not see the lightning, we did hear the thunder.
- A discharge of this kind.
- The lightning was hot enough to melt the sand.
- That tree was hit by lightning.
- (figuratively) Anything that moves very fast.
- The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(third-person singular simple present lightnings, present participle lightninging, simple past and past participle lightninged)
- (impersonal, childish or nonstandard) To produce lightning.
light(e)n + -ing