Part of speech: noun

Light caused by the discharge of electricity from a cloud.

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Usage examples "lightning":

  1. There is a flash of lightning, and a roll of thunder follows it. - "The Three Heron's Feathers", Hermann Sudermann.
  2. It was about eleven o'clock at night, and quite dark, except when the lightning came. - "Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus", Laura Lee Hope.
  3. You want to make him think he's struck by lightning. - "As It Was in the Beginning", Philip Verrill Mighels.