Meaning of LIGHTNING in English


n. & adj.

n. a flash of bright light produced by an electric discharge between clouds or between clouds and the ground.

attrib.adj. very quick (with lightning speed). lightning-conductor (or -rod) a metal rod or wire fixed to an exposed part of a building or to a mast to divert lightning into the earth or sea. lightning strike a strike by workers at short notice, esp. without official union backing.

[ ME, differentiated from lightening, verbal noun f. LIGHTEN(2) ]

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