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  1. an extremely dim, flattened, expanding, reddish glow briefly seen over a thunderstorm, due to electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning.
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Examples from the Web for elve

Historical Examples

  • Elve le corbeau, il te crvera les yeux—Bring 25 up a raven, he will pick out your eyes.

    Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern, English and Foreign Sources

    James Wood

  • Elve in French means up aloft, and elve means frequently transported with excitement.

    Archaic England

    Harold Bayley

elve in Science


  1. An extremely dim, short-lived, expanding disk of reddish light above thunderstorms, believed to be caused by electromagnetic pulses from intense lightning in the lower ionosphere. Elves last less than a second and can be as wide as 500 km (310 mi) in diameter.
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