heat lightning


Definition of heat lightning

: vivid and extensive flashes of electric light without thunder seen near the horizon especially at the close of a hot day and ascribed to far-off lightning reflected by high clouds

Examples of heat lightning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the clouds to the west, heat lightning fluttered and laced. David Means, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2019 Then, with 1:14 left in the half, heat lightning was sighted and both teams were sent to the locker rooms with Milford leading 34-6. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, 13 Sep. 2019 The afternoon clouds look like mountain ranges, enhancing the lush Irish topography, and later there is heat lightning in the distance, which lights up the horizon like an old projector. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of heat lightning

1810, in the meaning defined above

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“Heat lightning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heat%20lightning. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heat lightning

: flashes of light in the sky that happen without the sound of thunder and that are produced by distant lightning


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