light·ning - [lahyt-ning] - /ˈlaɪtnɪŋ/
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), light·ninged, light·ning.
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.
3. of, pertaining to, or resembling lightning, especially in regard to speed of movement: lightning flashes; lightning speed.
4. a flash of light in the sky, occurring during a thunderstorm and caused by a discharge of electricity, either between clouds or between a cloud and the earth.
5. ( modifier ) fast and sudden: a lightning raid
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of lightening.
The electrical discharge in the experiment was a simulation of lightning in nature.
Most records of lightning are compiled by observers who listen for thunder, which is produced by lightning .
Perhaps more than any other top campus administrator, the chief diversity officer is a lightning rod for criticism.
Lightning is a particularly unsettling product of bad weather.
Then she returns it to me, lightning fast, and resumes her position for the next one.
Video shows a positive leader of lightning from a cloud.
As a result, he has become a lightning rod for all criticism of the government.
The energy released by a sprite amounts to a fraction of what comes from a lightning bolt.
Satellite data reveal how lightning influences climate.
They didn't notice the darkening skies, the thunder and lightning .