Lightning definition

lītnĭng
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To discharge a flash of lightning.
verb
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Moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness.
adjective
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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.
noun
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To give off such a discharge.
verb
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A flash of light in the sky caused by an electrical discharge between clouds or between a cloud and the Earth's surface. The flash heats the air and usually causes thunder. Lightning may appear as a jagged streak, as a bright sheet, or in rare cases, as a glowing red ball.
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Like lightning, as in being rapid or instantaneous.

A cat's lightning reflexes.

adjective
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A discharge of this kind.

The lightning was hot enough to melt the sand.

That tree was hit by lightning.

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Moving at the speed of lightning.
adjective
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Such a discharge of electricity.
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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.

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The definition of lightning is extremely quick.

An example of lightning used as an adjective is lightning speed which means moving very quickly.

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(informal) A sudden, usually improbable stroke of fortune.
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An abrupt, discontinuous natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.
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The visible flash of light accompanying such a discharge.
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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.

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(figuratively) Anything that moves very fast.
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The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
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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.
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Extremely fast or sudden.
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(impersonal, childish or nonstandard) To produce lightning.
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Origin of lightning

  • Middle English gerund of lightnen to illuminate from lighten from Old English līhtan leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • light(e)n + -ing

    From Wiktionary