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lightning

noun light·ning \ ˈlīt-niŋ \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of lightning

1 : the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity; also : the discharge itself
2 : a sudden stroke of fortune
  • candidates … hoping for real lightning to strike
  • Time

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Origin and Etymology of lightning

Middle English, from gerund of lightenen to lighten

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lightning

adjective

Definition of lightning

: having or moving with or as if with the speed and suddenness of lightning
  • a lightning assault

Examples of lightning in a Sentence

  1. thoughts moving at lightning speed

  2. he made a lightning dash for the goal

Origin and Etymology of lightning


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lightning

verb

Definition of lightning

lightninged; lightning
intransitive verb
: to discharge a flash of lightning

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Origin and Etymology of lightning

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LIGHTNING Defined for English Language Learners

lightning

noun

Definition of lightning for English Language Learners

  • : the flashes of light that are produced in the sky during a storm


lightning

adjective

Definition of lightning for English Language Learners

  • : moving or done very quickly


LIGHTNING Defined for Kids

lightning

noun light·ning \ ˈlīt-niŋ \

Definition of lightning for Students

: the flashing of light caused by the passing of electricity from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth


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