• synonyms

lightning stroke

  1. a discharge of lightning between a cloud and the earth, esp one that causes damage
  2. vet science sudden death due to being struck by lightning, esp of cattle, horses or sheep
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Examples from the Web for lightning stroke

Historical Examples

  • It was such an answer that it shot through Lambert like a lightning-stroke.

    The Duke Of Chimney Butte

    G. W. Ogden

  • Nor were such the only consequences of this lightning-stroke.

  • Two hundred years ago Agayentah, a wise and honored member of the Seneca tribe, was killed here by a lightning-stroke.

  • His having called the death of his darling his lightning-stroke must have been the origin of the report that he died of lightning.

  • Quickly climbing back to earth, I eagerly examined the effects of the lightning-stroke.

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills