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northern lights

noun, (used with a plural verb)
Origin of northern lights
1715-1725
First recorded in 1715-25
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  • Often there were what Artois called "northern lights" in her sincerity.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • It had stopped snowing, and the northern lights were flickering in the sky.

    The Young Treasure Hunter Frank V. Webster
  • "I've heard that the northern lights were caused by electricity," said Weymouth.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • The men hunted by the bright shining of the moon or by the northern lights.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • What a fine frosty night; how Orion glitters; what northern lights!

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Some of us, at most, have a day or hour—a vision that's as far off and dim as northern lights.

  • I thought of northern lights, 139 then saw that it was on the north wall and not on the south.

    Track's End

    Hayden Carruth
  • Tonight will come the northern lights and they will hiss and pop and snap.

British Dictionary definitions for northern lights

northern lights

plural noun
1.
another name for aurora borealis
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northern lights in Science
northern lights  
See under aurora.
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northern lights in Culture

northern lights definition


See aurora borealis.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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