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- IPA(key): /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ/, [ˈlʌɪ̯ʔ.nɪŋ], [ˈlɐɪ̯ʔ.nɪŋ]
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- Rhymes: -aɪtnɪŋ
- A flash of light produced by short-duration, high-voltage discharge of electricity within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the earth.
- Although we did not see the lightning, we did hear the thunder.
- 1901, E. L. Morris, The Child's Eden, page 16:
- It was the thought of hot July and August days, when the clouds piled up like woolly mountains, and lightnings streaked the sky.
- 2021 October 13, Genshin Impact, v2.2, miHoYo, iOS, Android, Windows, PS4, level/area: The Sun-Wheel and Mt. Kanna:
- "Ruu": The adults in the village all said that children like me could calm the lightning and turn the storms into timely rain.
- A discharge of this kind.
- The lightning was hot enough to melt the sand.
- That tree was hit by lightning.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene ii:
- Auster and Aquilon with winged Steeds
All ſweating, tilt about the watery heauens,
With ſhiuering ſpeares enforcing thunderclaps,
And from their ſhields ſtrike flames of lightening
- 1881, Daniel Pierce Thompson, The Green Mountain Boys, page 281:
- The rain at length ceased; and the lightnings, as they played along the black parapet of clouds, that lay piled in the east, shone with less dazzling fierceness, […]
- (figuratively) Anything that moves very fast.
- 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter V, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, (please specify |part=I, II, or III), New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
- Nobs, though, was lightning by comparison with the slow thinking beast and dodged his opponent's thrust with ease. Then he raced to the rear of the tremendous thing and seized it by the tail.
- Obsolete form of .
- 2008, Kathy Clark, Stand By Your Man, page 280:
- Manny drove a few miles per hour under the speed limit, entranced by the awesome display of lightning streaking out of the clouds toward earth.
- ball lightning
- bead lightning
- CG lightning
- chain lightning
- Chicago lightning
- dry lightning
- forked lightning
- fork lightning
- greased lightning
- heat lightning
- IC lightning
- Jersey lightning
- Jewish lightning
- lightning arrester
- lightning bird
- lightning bolt
- lightning bug
- lightning conductor
- lightning crotch
- lightning detector
- lightning discharger
- lightning fast
- lightning in a bottle
- lightning mapper
- lightning never strikes twice in the same place
- lightning rod
- lightning round
- lightning sketch
- lightning storm
- lightning strike
- lightning talk
- ride the lightning
- scarlet lightning
- sheet lightning
- thunder and lightning
- upward lightning
- white lightning
flash of light
lightning (not comparable)
- Extremely fast or sudden; moving (as if) at the speed of lightning.
- 2018, Nader Uskowi, Temperature Rising, page 69:
- The insurgents then began their lightning advance along the Euphrates in the Sunni heartland toward Baghdad.
- (impersonal, childish or nonstandard, intransitive) To produce lightning.
- 1916, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Understood Betsy:
- Or if it thundered and lightninged, Aunt Frances always dropped everything she might be doing and held Elizabeth Ann tightly in her arms until it was all over.
- 1968, Dan Greenburg, Chewsday: a sex novel:
- The next day, though it is not only raining but thundering and lightninging as well, antiquing is seen by three-fourths of those present as a lesser evil than free play.
- 1987, Tricia Springstubb, Eunice Gottlieb and the unwhitewashed truth about life:
- "Hey!" yelled Reggie, pulling her back. "Get in here! It's lightninging. I don't want a charcoal-broiled friend!"
- 1988, Carlo Collodi, Roberto Innocenti, The adventures of Pinocchio:
- I don't know, Father, but believe me, it has been a horrible night — one that I'll never forget. It thundered and lightninged, and I was very hungry.
- The standard, but rare, verb for "produce lightning" is lighten, used only in the impersonal form "it lightens", or as "it’s lightening".
to produce lightning