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lightning conductor

a metal strip terminating in a series of sharp points, attached to the highest part of a building, etc, to discharge the electric field before it can reach a dangerous level and cause a lightning strike
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  • You could see the lightning conductor over the Pope's apartment!

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • A lightning conductor would be very serviceable to us at present.

  • She had read "The lightning conductor" and was much amused with it.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life

    Mary Alsop King Waddington
  • A lightning conductor to the top of the balloon might be desirable.

  • But it wasn't like going about with the lightning conductor, who knows everything and has been everywhere before.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • I did my best to make all straight with the lightning conductor, who behaved like the trump he is.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • Among other benefits that laughter confers on the race, it not infrequently serves as a lightning conductor.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation

    Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • She wished to go away with her lightning conductor, and leave me at the mercy of a mule.

    The Princess Passes

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  • In 1777, a fireball shot from the clouds on to the point of the lightning conductor on the Observatory of Padua.

    Thunder and Lightning

    Camille Flammarion

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