lightning arrester


: a device for protecting an electrical apparatus from damage by lightning

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While attending Auburn, then called the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, Hutchison patented a lightning arrester for use on telegraph lines. Kelly Kazek |, al, 23 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lightning arrester was in 1852

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“Lightning arrester.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

lightning arrester

: a device for protecting electrical equipment from damage by lightning
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