lightning


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  • noun

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abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light

the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash)

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So much I saw then, all vaguely for the flickering of the lightning, in blinding highlights and dense black shadows.
Now and then came a gap in the lightning, and the night swallowed them up.
It seemed as if the cry came up from the bosom of the waters, for though incessant flashes of lightning spread a light about the shore, no one was to be seen.
A long sheet of lightning now flickered across the waves, and discovered a boat, filled with men, just under a rocky point, rising and sinking with the heaving surges, and swashing the waters at every heave.
In this part of Africa, during the equatorial storms, it is not rare to count from thirty to thirty-five flashes of lightning per minute.
The rain seemed now to extinguish the lightning and the thunder, and the hall became almost dark.
So when Zeus had raised up his might and seized his arms, thunder and lightning and lurid thunderbolt, he leaped form Olympus and struck him, and burned all the marvellous heads of the monster about him.
A second flash of lightning crossed the window; the roll of the thunder came nearer.
Judging from the uncompressed fragments, the measure or bore of the lightning (if such a term may be used) must have been about one inch and a quarter.
It thundered, and bright flashes of lightning now and again shot across the sky, turning it into a sea of fire.
Where is the lightning to lick you with its tongue?
Suppose we go and see the Lightning come in, it's just about time?
The storm had drifted on to the opposite side of the sky, and there were flashes of lightning and distant thunder from that quarter.
A heavy shower passed over him; distant lightning played faintly against the fronts of the dumb houses with the shuttered shops all along the Rue de Carouge; and now and then, after the faint flash, there was a faint, sleepy rumble; but the main forces of the thunderstorm remained massed down the Rhone valley as if loath to attack the respectable and passionless abode of democratic liberty, the serious-minded town of dreary hotels, tendering the same indifferent, hospitality to tourists of all nations and to international conspirators of every shade.
Then was heard the low rumbling of distant thunder, then the lightning quivered, and then the darkness of an hour seemed to have gathered in an instant.