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Ball lightning at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Lightning \Light"ning\ (l[imac]t"n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening,
fr. lighten to flash.]
1. 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.

2. The act of making bright, or the state of being made
bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental
powers. [R.]

{Ball lightning}, a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as
a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.

{Chain lightning}, lightning in angular, zigzag, or forked

{Heat lightning}, more or less vivid and extensive flashes of
electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon,
esp. at the close of a hot day.

{Lightning arrester} (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}.

{Lightning bug} (Zo["o]l.), a luminous beetle. See {Firefly}.

{Lightning conductor}, a lightning rod.

{Lightning glance}, a quick, penetrating glance of a
brilliant eye.

{Lightning rod}, 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.

{Sheet lightning}, 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.

ball lightning at English (WD) Of Explained:



A calque of Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » Kugelblitz|lang=de.


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Inter: en-noun » head=ball lightning|-
  • A short-lived, glowing ball sometimes observed to float in the air; thought to consist of ionized gas associated with thunderstorms


    Inter: trans-top » a short-lived, glowing ball sometimes observed to float in the air
    • Chinese: 球状闪电 (qiú zhuàng shǎndiàn)
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|kulový blesk|m
    • Danish: kuglelyn
    • Dena'ina: el'ekna daz'a
    • Dutch: bolbliksem
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|globa fulmo
    • Estonian: keravälk
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|pallosalama
    • French: foudre en boule {{f}}
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Kugelblitz|m
    • Hebrew: כדור ברק {{m}}

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|gömbvillám
  • Italian: fulmine globulare {{m}}
  • Japanese: 球電 (きゅうでん, kyūden)
  • Lithuanian: kamuolinis žaibas
  • Norwegian: kulelyn
  • Polish: piorun kulisty {{m}}
  • Portuguese: raio globular {{m}}
  • Russian: шаровая молния (šarovája mólnija) {{f}}
  • Spanish: rayo globular {{m}}
  • Swedish: klotblixt {{c}}
  • Vietnamese: sét hòn

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Category: Category:en:Weather -
    Category: Category:English calques -
    Translation: ta » ball lightning
    Translation: zh » ball lightning