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light·ning

astrapophobia, keraunophobia.
Drug slang A regional term for amphetamine
Public health A meteorologic phenomenon caused by a massive atmospheric discharge of electricity, which typically occurs during thunderstorms, and rarely also during volcanic eruptions or dust storms

lightning

Public health A meteorologic phenomenon caused by a massive discharge of electricity. Cf Lightening.

lightning

visible discharge of electricity between storm clouds or between the clouds and an earthing point at ground level.

lightning injury
exposure to high voltage electric shock by means of a lightning strike, which causes sudden nervous shock and unconsciousness or permanent cessation of medullary vital centers, resulting in sudden death. Animals that recover may have residual signs. Called also lightning strike. Fish in enclosed waters, e.g. farmed fish, may have their backs broken by lightning striking the water.
lightning strike
when lightning finds an earthing point.
References in classic literature ?
A second flash of lightning rent the darkness, and was followed by a score of others in quick succession.
Whilst they were standing together, there came a blinding flash of lightning, which lit up for several seconds the whole area of earth and sky.
In the face of this new disaster the rain seemed to have ceased and the thunder and lightning to be less severe.
and by the lightning flashes I saw the black bulk of the overturned dog cart and the silhouette of the wheel still spinning slowly.
The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eye-balls ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.
Your ears ought to be better than other folks' at any rate, if you make so little of the chance of being struck blind,' he said, retreating from the door and shading his eyes with his hands as the jagged lightning came again.
Pinocchio was greatly afraid of thunder and lightning, but the hunger he felt was far greater than his fear.
A second flash of lightning crossed the window; the roll of the thunder came nearer.
When the lightning cometh again -- there, look abroad.
Now and again their faces became white, as the lightning flashed, and finally a terrific crash came, making the panes of the skylight lift at the joints.
So the three gentlemen walked down to see the Lightning coach come in.
The hot vapour lapped round the earthborn Titans: flame unspeakable rose to the bright upper air: the flashing glare of the thunder- stone and lightning blinded their eyes for all that there were strong.