ribbon lightning


a repeated lightning discharge in which successive strokes are displaced from each other by wind, resulting in a broadened appearance.

Nearby words

  1. ribbing,
  2. ribble,
  3. ribbon,
  4. ribbon copy,
  5. ribbon development,
  6. ribbon microphone,
  7. ribbon plant,
  8. ribbon snake,
  9. ribbon strip,
  10. ribbon window

Origin of ribbon lightning

First recorded in 1885–90

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