Adjective "lightning" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


The occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder.
  1. 'Sheet lightning is just fork lightning that happens within a cloud, or when lightning is partly hidden by clouds.'
  2. 'At this a loud crash was heard behind them followed by a bright flash of lightning, lighting up the forest briefly.'
  3. 'A summer shower, again, is accompanied by thunder and lightning, which makes it a rather dangerous customer.'
  4. 'Rain battered, lightning flashed and thunder rolled, but everyone nodded into a peaceful sleep after a while.'
  5. 'Thunder and lightning create some of the most spectacular natural displays to strike the summer skies.'
  6. 'They shoot up from the tops of thunderstorms about the same moment lightning discharges within the storm cloud.'
  7. 'Another bright flash of lavender lightning etched the sky, and I shot from my seat at what I saw.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'A bright fork of lightning struck the clouds ahead, and the outburst of thunder was deafening.'
  10. '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.'
  11. 'the sky was a mass of black cloud out of which lightnings flashed'
  12. '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.'
  13. '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.'


Very quick.
  1. 'galloping across the country at lightning speed'
  2. 'They are both lightning quick, though quite small.'
  3. 'It takes up hardly any room in the car and is lightning quick to erect.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Maybe, without the gadgets that make our lives work at lightning speed, people had more time on their hands for long movies.'
  6. 'Defenders hate marking someone who is absolutely lightning quick.'
  7. 'He grinned, lightning quick, an action that lit his face so well that even Sophia's blood pressure spiked.'
  8. 'His golden eyes glinted as he suddenly moved trough the crowd with lightning speed and grabbed a young boy by the collar.'
  9. 'But now he's opened up his stance a little bit, and his hands are lightning quick on that inside pitch.'
  10. 'Roman is lightning quick and improving every day in practice, and Bean showed playmaking ability in the preseason.'
  11. 'Then you'll be able to analyze things with lightning speed, and make better, faster decisions.'



1. a brilliant electric spark discharge in the atmosphere, occurring within a thundercloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground.

verb (used without object), lightninged, lightning.

2. to emit a flash or flashes of lightning (often used impersonally with it as subject): If it starts to lightning, we'd better go inside. adjective

3. of, relating to, or resembling lightning, especially in regard to speed of movement: lightning flashes; lightning speed.


Middle English: special use of lightening (verbal noun from lighten).


lightning never strikes twice in the same place
like (greased) lightning