- 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 spectacular display of lightning.
- a flash 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.
(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