[ fuhl-gyuh-rey-ting ]
/ ˈfʌl gyəˌreɪ tɪŋ /

adjective Medicine/Medical.

(of pains) sharp and piercing.

Nearby words

  1. fulfillment,
  2. fulgent,
  3. fulgently,
  4. fulgurant,
  5. fulgurate,
  6. fulguration,
  7. fulgurite,
  8. fulgurous,
  9. fulham,
  10. fuliginous

Origin of fulgurating

First recorded in 1670–80; fulgurate + -ing2


[ fuhl-gyuh-reyt ]
/ ˈfʌl gyəˌreɪt /

verb (used without object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.

to flash or dart like lightning.

verb (used with object), ful·gu·rat·ed, ful·gu·rat·ing.

Medicine/Medical. to destroy (especially an abnormal growth) by electricity.

Origin of fulgurate

1670–80; < Latin fulgurātus, past participle of fulgurāre to flash, glitter, lighten, derivative of fulgur flash of lightning

Related formsful·gu·ra·tion, noun

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Examples from the Web for fulgurating

  • It is terrified, like Delphos at the fulgurating realities of the vision; it makes tables turn as Dodona did tripods.

    Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
  • How long the young swells have envied Edgar the unusual and fulgurating brilliancy of his headgear!

    A Chambermaid's Diary|Octave Mirbeau

British Dictionary definitions for fulgurating


/ (ˈfʌlɡjʊˌreɪtɪŋ) /


pathol (of pain) sudden and sharp; piercing
surgery of or relating to fulguration


/ (ˈfʌlɡjʊˌreɪt) /


(intr) rare to flash like lightning
Derived Formsfulgurant (ˈfʌlɡjʊrənt), adjective

Word Origin for fulgurate

C17: from Latin fulgurāre, from fulgur lightning

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Medicine definitions for fulgurating


[ fulgyə-rā′tĭng, -gə-, fŭl- ]


Lightninglike, especially of sudden shooting pain.

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