sheet lightning


: lightning in diffused or sheet form due to reflection and diffusion by the clouds and sky

Examples of sheet lightning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next came a ripple of sheet lightning, and then a jagged fork, and then two huge coughs of thunder, before the rain came in earnest. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 29 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheet lightning was in 1794

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“Sheet lightning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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