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lightning

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noun light·ning \ˈlīt-niŋ\

Definition of lightning

  1. 1 :  the flashing of light produced by a discharge of atmospheric electricity; also :  the discharge itself

  2. 2 :  a sudden stroke of fortune

Origin and Etymology of lightning

Middle English, from gerund of lightenen to lighten


First Known Use: 13th century

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lightning

adjective light·ning

Definition of lightning

  1. :  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>

1576

First Known Use of lightning

1576


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lightning

verb light·ning

Definition of lightning

lightninged

lightning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to discharge a flash of lightning

1903

First Known Use of lightning

1903

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LIGHTNING Defined for English Language Learners

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lightning

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noun light·ning \ˈlīt-niŋ\

Definition of lightning for English Language Learners

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


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lightning

adjective light·ning

Definition of lightning for English Language Learners

  • : moving or done very quickly


LIGHTNING Defined for Kids

lightning

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noun light·ning \ˈlīt-niŋ\

Definition of lightning for Students

  1. :  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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