verb (used without object), light·ninged, light·ning.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lightninglightening, lightning
Words nearby lightning
Example sentences from the Web for lightning
Outside awarded MountainFlow a Gear of the Show award at last year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, where we look at hundreds of products pitched to us at lightning speed over the course of a few days.A Green Ski-Wax Company Gets Funded on 'Shark Tank'|Joe Jackson|February 9, 2021|Outside Online
The video captures a thread of electric current, or lightning leader, zipping down from a thundercloud to meet another leader reaching up from the ground.
It took a violent mob of insurrectionists and a lightning bolt moment in this very room.Ocasio-Cortez, other Democrats recount on House floor what they experienced during Capitol siege|Amy B Wang, Colby Itkowitz|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Scientists have finally gotten a clear view of the spark that sets off a weird type of lightning called a blue jet.Space station sensors saw how weird ‘blue jet’ lightning forms|Maria Temming|February 2, 2021|Science News For Students
The first is like estimating the distance to a lightning strike by timing the delayed arrival of the thunderclap.Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows|Robin George Andrews|February 1, 2021|Quanta Magazine
Should lightning strike and Hillary Clinton forgoes a presidential run, Democrats have a nominee in waiting.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Second, Michelle served as a lightning rod in the sense of drawing attacks away from other reform groups.
He made whatever was going on his own, and with such lightning speed you stopped concentrating.How Mork Melted the Fonz: Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams’s Storming ‘Happy Days’ Debut|Tim Teeman|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There were flashes of lightning outside and the rumble of thunder.
Improvements in lightning tracking help scientists know where to send aircraft to look for fires.Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones|Elizabeth Lopatto|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The left heel followed like lightning, and the right paw also slipped, letting the bear again fall heavily on the ice below.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Spite, however, of punishments and prohibitions the use of tobacco spread with the rapidity of lightning.
Like lightning he turned and seized by the wrist a man who had already opened the bag and laid hold of some of its contents.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
His only worry at the time lay in the dark sky above and the blue-white stabs of lightning that promised an electrical storm.
Another lightning flash blinded the girls and the thunder following fairly deafened them for the moment.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
British Dictionary definitions for lightning
Word Origin for lightning
Scientific definitions for lightning
A Closer Look
As storm clouds develop, the temperature at the top of the cloud becomes much cooler than that at the bottom. For reasons that scientists still do not understand, this temperature difference results in the accumulation of negatively charged particles near the base and positively charged particles near the top of the storm cloud. The negatively charged particles repel the electrons of atoms in nearby objects, such as the bases of other storm clouds or tall objects on the ground. Consequently, these nearby objects take on a positive charge. The difference in charge, or voltage, builds until an electric current starts to flow between the objects along a pathway of charged atoms in the air. The current flow heats up the air to such a degree that it glows, generating lightning. Initially, a bolt of lightning carrying a negative charge darts from one storm cloud to another or from a storm cloud to the ground, leaving the bottom of the cloud with a positive charge. In response, a second bolt (reverse lightning) shoots in the opposite direction (from the other storm cloud or the ground) as the mass of negative charges on it moves back to neutralize the positive charge on the bottom of the first cloud. The heat generated by the lightning causes the air to expand, in turn creating very large sound waves, or thunder.
Cultural definitions for lightning
Idioms and Phrases with lightning
In addition to the idiom beginning with lightning
- lightning never strikes twice in the same place
- like greased lightning
- quick as a wink (lightning)