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LIGHTNING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lightning mean? 

LIGHTNING (noun)
  The noun LIGHTNING has 2 senses:

1. abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
2. the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more

  Familiarity information: LIGHTNING used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


LIGHTNING (noun)


Sense 1lightning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("lightning" is a kind of...):

atmospheric electricity (electrical discharges in the atmosphere)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lightning"):

chain lightning; forked lightning (a form of lightning that moves rapidly in a zigzag path with one end divided (fork-like))

bolt; bolt of lightning; thunderbolt (a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder)


Sense 2lightning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("lightning" is a kind of...):

flash (a sudden intense burst of radiant energy)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "lightning"):

heat lightning (bright flashes of light near the horizon without thunder (especially on hot evenings); usually attributed to distant lightning that is reflected by clouds)

sheet lighting (lightning that appears as a broad sheet; due to reflections of more distant lightning and to diffusion by the clouds)


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