lightning appearing merely as a general illumination over a broad area, usually because the path of the flash is obscured by clouds.
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How to use sheet lightning in a sentence
On which a shivering of eagerness, quick as winking sheet-lightning, shook Harris' right knee.The Lord of the Sea | M. P. Shiel
He turned again to the judge with a smile that played like sheet lightning over his haggard face and inquired humbly.The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
The white sheet lightning was still pulsing in the sky and rising, as it seemed, out of the sea, but I hardly saw it.The Woman Thou Gavest Me | Hall Caine
Sheet-lightning flickers above the mountain crests, painting everything white for an instant.'Midst the Wild Carpathians | Mr Jkai
Across the stars was a dark veil, riven at long intervals with the copper of sheet lightning.The Californians | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for sheet lightning
lightning that appears as a broad sheet, caused by the reflection of more distant lightning
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Scientific definitions for sheet 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.
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