lightening vs lightning

lightening lightning


  • 1) nautical The removal of cargo (especially crude oil) from a vessel in order to reduce its draft
  • 2) medicine The sensation caused by the descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity before the onset of labour
  • 3) The process of changing to a lighter color.
  • 4) descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped
  • 5) The act or fact of becoming or making light or less heavy.
  • 6) A brightening up, as of the mind or spirit.
  • 7) In metallurgy, the sudden brightening of the color of silver during cupellation when the metal reaches the point of greatest purity.
  • 8) A becoming light; the break of day. See lightning, 1.
  • 9) Present participle of lighten.


  • 1) The flash of light caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
  • 2) figuratively Anything that moves very fast.
  • 3) The discharge of atmospheric electrical charge itself.
  • 4) Informal A sudden, usually improbable stroke of fortune.
  • 5) An abrupt, discontinuous natural electric discharge in the atmosphere.
  • 6) The visible flash of light accompanying such a discharge.
  • 7) lightning in angular, zigzag, or forked flashes.
  • 8) a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.
  • 9) rare The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
  • 10) a diffused glow of electric light flashing out from the clouds, and illumining their outlines. The appearance is sometimes due to the reflection of light from distant flashes of lightning by the nearer clouds.
  • 11) a quick, penetrating glance of a brilliant eye.
  • 12) more or less vivid and extensive flashes of electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon, esp. at the close of a hot day.
  • 13) A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound produced by the electricity in passing rapidly through the atmosphere constitutes thunder.
  • 14) a metallic rod set up on a building, or on the mast of a vessel, and connected with the earth or water below, for the purpose of protecting the building or vessel from lightning.
  • 15) (Telegraphy) a device, at the place where a wire enters a building, for preventing injury by lightning to an operator or instrument. It consists of a short circuit to the ground interrupted by a thin nonconductor over which lightning jumps. Called also lightning discharger.
  • 16) a lightning rod.
  • 17) (Zoöl.) a luminous beetle. See Firefly.
  • 18) the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more
  • 19) abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
  • 20) A becoming light or bright; a flashing of light: in this sense usually lightening.
  • 21) A becoming light or less heavy; an exhilaration of the spirits.
  • 22) A sudden illumination of the heavens caused by the discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or from a cloud to the earth; a flash of light due to electricity in the atmosphere.
  • 23) Extremely fast or sudden.
  • 24) Moving at the speed of lightning.
  • 25) Moving or occurring with remarkable speed or suddenness.
  • 26) impersonal To produce lightning.
  • 27) rare Lightening.
  • 28) To discharge a flash of lightning.


  • 1) At least tonight Marijke was on-line too, she saw with a lightening of her spirits.
  • 2) Against my volition, I began to smile, and he smiled back, the expression lightening his face.
  • 3) That's why Johnson and Johnson makes billions selling dangerous and toxic skin lightening cream to beautiful brownskinned women in Africa and India - and that's why they and the other drug companies make billions selling useless (and often dangerous) weight loss products to healthy American women.
  • 4) Our various agencies have apparently developed excellent communication and raport with each other so that solving these incidents is happening in lightening time!
  • 5) Begin lightening raids on predatory businesses and apprehending all illegal immigrants in the workplace.
  • 6) Nevertheless, plenty of light flooded the space from two ornate chandeliers and all the lightening from the camera crews.
  • 7) (The Philipines, as one example, sells many skin lightening soaps.)
  • 8) For this time around, I had no interest in lightening the recipe (I love bacon and it really makes this soup), but I did want to get away from the canned beans.
  • 9) Cholera strikes so fast it is sometimes called the lightening disease.
  • 10) She is also technically superb and can move like lightening from the most powerful empathy to conveying emotions: her humour is astringent but never cynical: she is a lovely person and one of my dearest friends.


  • 1) There was thunder and lightning and it was freezing cold.
  • 2) There is enough energy in a lightning bolt to power about a billion homes.
  • 3) The new phones will appear lightning fast and take better snaps.
  • 4) It was so full of thunder and lightning.
  • 5) But then a lightning bolt struck me and that lightning bolt was Sophie.
  • 6) The Met Office also warned that lightning strikes could lead to power disruptions.
  • 7) A FAMILY has been left homeless after a freak lightning strike ripped through their property.
  • 8) lightning raids in class are entirely justified.
  • 9) There was a sudden flash of lightning that gave the face blazing eyes.
  • 10) It is usually a lightning visit to a takeaway and back to the newsroom at top speed.
  • 11) They will appear lightning fast and take better snaps.
  • 12) The line of beads followed the line of the original lightning bolt.
  • 13) There was thunder too and lightning and in places rain.
  • 14) The incident may have been caused by a positive lightning strike.
  • 15) People stopped replacing gadgets at lightning speed.
  • 16) The rain was swishing down and lightning rent the sky.
  • 17) lightning flashes in the distance brought some comfort.
  • 18) The pitch itself had good pace and the outfield was lightning fast.
  • 19) It was like a bolt of lightning.
  • 20) An inquest was held at lightning speed with no evidence.
  • 21) lightning flashed as the big jet lumbered down the runway.
  • 22) This is a good example of how being indoors is not a foolproof way to be safe from lightning strikes.
  • 23) With thunderstorms come lightning strikes, and this summer has seen a number of incidents.
  • 24) So we heartily applaud the new lightning raids Ofsted is planning on schools plagued by disruptive pupils.
  • 25) Instead, churches tried to ward off thunderstorms and lightning by ringing their bells.
  • 26) ‘They shoot up from the tops of thunderstorms about the same moment lightning discharges within the storm cloud.’
  • 27) ‘They saw the flashes of lightning within the dark cloud looming ahead of them.’
  • 28) ‘Low, dark clouds boiled overhead and lightning flashed and thunder rolled down the mountainside.’
  • 29) ‘A bright fork of lightning struck the clouds ahead, and the outburst of thunder was deafening.’
  • 30) ‘These clouds often bring thunder and lightning, and can also bring funnel clouds or even tornadoes.’
  • 31) ‘It was pouring outside and thunder and lightning had accompanied the rain.’
  • 32) ‘The cameras could pick up flashes of lightning among the thunderheads.’
  • 33) ‘Already the winds were starting to buffet him and lightning flashed throughout the clouds and stabbed the ground.’
  • 34) ‘Up ahead were screaming clashes of thunder, and bright flashes of lightning.’
  • 35) ‘He ascended Mount Sinai, enveloped in clouds and thunder and lightning.’
  • 36) ‘Thunder and lightning create some of the most spectacular natural displays to strike the summer skies.’
  • 37) ‘So be armed with an umbrella at all times, to enjoy the sunny spell of weather or the occasional drizzle accompanied by thunder and lightning.’
  • 38) ‘A summer shower, again, is accompanied by thunder and lightning, which makes it a rather dangerous customer.’
  • 39) ‘Abruptly the storm was quiet for a moment until a bright flash of lightning revealed an enormous wave towering over the ship.’
  • 40) ‘At this a loud crash was heard behind them followed by a bright flash of lightning, lighting up the forest briefly.’
  • 41) ‘A flash of lightning cracked against the clouds, breaking them apart instantly.’
  • 42) ‘In fact the last hour on the course was played out to the accompaniment of claps of thunder and flashes of lightning, but it stayed dry.’
  • 43) ‘Sheet lightning is just fork lightning that happens within a cloud, or when lightning is partly hidden by clouds.’
  • 44) ‘Rain battered, lightning flashed and thunder rolled, but everyone nodded into a peaceful sleep after a while.’
  • 45) ‘Another bright flash of lavender lightning etched the sky, and I shot from my seat at what I saw.’
  • 46) ‘And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not seen since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.’
  • 47) ‘Accelerators fire big ball lightnings, and these ball lightnings will bounce off the walls and fly about the room chaotically.’
  • 48) ‘And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.’
  • 49) ‘The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.’
  • 50) ‘There the Sun shines not, nor the Moon, nor the stars; lightnings shine not there and much less earthly fire.’
  • 51) ‘Like the folk healers of old, Callahan thinks it is his magic that is effecting cures at lightning speed.’
  • 52) ‘Thomas reached up with lightning speed and was suddenly holding a bat.’
  • 53) ‘Roman is lightning quick and improving every day in practice, and Bean showed playmaking ability in the preseason.’
  • 54) ‘They are both lightning quick, though quite small.’
  • 55) ‘He grinned, lightning quick, an action that lit his face so well that even Sophia's blood pressure spiked.’
  • 56) ‘Alright, Rich, let's give the readers what they want with a quick lightning round.’
  • 57) ‘He isn't terribly strong going to his left, nor is he lightning quick.’
  • 58) ‘The girl ran effortlessly through the forest, her movements almost lightning quick as she stalked her prey.’
  • 59) ‘But now he's opened up his stance a little bit, and his hands are lightning quick on that inside pitch.’
  • 60) ‘You could see his potential at Birmingham as he was lightning quick, but he didn't work as hard in those days and he would be the first to admit that.’
  • 61) ‘Defenders hate marking someone who is absolutely lightning quick.’
  • 62) ‘It takes up hardly any room in the car and is lightning quick to erect.’
  • 63) ‘His golden eyes glinted as he suddenly moved trough the crowd with lightning speed and grabbed a young boy by the collar.’
  • 64) ‘Then you'll be able to analyze things with lightning speed, and make better, faster decisions.’
  • 65) ‘Alex whipped the sword out with lightning speed before he leapt up and blocked a swift attack.’
  • 66) ‘I like to change the subject at lightning speed, almost as if I never heard their comment.’
  • 67) ‘Sugar Ray Robinson was known for his strength and lightning speed.’
  • 68) ‘Instead he plays Arthur as a terrifying yet avuncular figure, apt to switch from jovial bonhomie to murderous rage with lightning speed.’
  • 69) ‘Maybe, without the gadgets that make our lives work at lightning speed, people had more time on their hands for long movies.’
  • 70) ‘It has only recently become possible to make a film like this at lightning speed, so that what goes out into the theater isn't out of date.’
  • 71) they saw lightning during the storm

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