- lightning appearing merely as a general illumination over a broad area, usually because the path of the flash is obscured by clouds.
Origin of sheet lightning
Examples from the Web for sheet lightning
Historical Examples of sheet lightning
Sheet-lightning flickers above the mountain crests, painting everything white for an instant.'Midst the Wild Carpathians
It had become very dark; suddenly a blaze of sheet-lightning illumed the room.Lavengro
This, with great volumes of sheet-lightning, enabled us at times to see the whole country.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa
The experience of almost every one will testify to the effects of sheet-lightning silently illuminating the sky by night.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep
Henry M. Lyman
Suddenly a broad wavering gleam of sheet-lightning lit up the whole brae.Pharais and The Mountain Lovers
- lightning that appears as a broad sheet, caused by the reflection of more distant lightning
- A broad, sheetlike illumination of a portion of a thundercloud, caused by an unseen, often internal or reflected lightning flash. See also heat lightning. See more at lightning.