globular lightning
Fireball Fire"ball`, n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster]

2. A rare phenomenon often associated with or caused by lightning, resembling a luminous ball of fire passing rapidly through the air or along solid objects, then disappearing, and sometimes exploding. It seldom lasts more than a few seconds. Also called {ball lightning}, {globe lightning}, {globular lightning}, or {kugelblitz}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

3. A large mass of fire caused by a large explosion, as of inflammable liquids or a nuclear device. The larger fireballs, as of nuclear explosions, rise seemingly intact into the air and may reach high altitudes while still glowing. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • globular lightning — noun : ball lightning …   Useful english dictionary

  • lightning — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. thunderbolt, levin, fire bolt, fulmination. See velocity, light. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. electrical discharge, fulmination, streak of lightning, lightning flash, thunderball, thunderstroke, firebolt,… …   English dictionary for students

  • ball lightning — Fireball Fire ball , n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • globe lightning — Fireball Fire ball , n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ball lightning — kamuolinis žaibas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. ball lightning; fireball; globular lightning vok. Kugelblitz, m rus. шаровая молния, f pranc. éclair sphérique, m; foudre en boule, f; foudre globulaire, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Rayo globular — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El rayo globular, también conocido como centella, rayo en bola o esfera luminosa, es un fenómeno natural relacionado con las tormentas eléctricas. Toma la forma de un brillante objeto flotante que, a diferencia de la …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ball lightning — is an atmospheric electrical phenomenon, the physical nature of which is still controversial. The term refers to reports of luminous, usually spherical objects which vary from pea sized to several meters in diameter. It is sometimes associated… …   Wikipedia

  • Fireball — Fire ball , n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster] 2. A rare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • kugelblitz — Fireball Fire ball , n. 1. (Mil.) A ball filled with powder or other combustibles, intended to be thrown among enemies, and to injure by explosion; also, to set fire to their works and light them up, so that movements may be seen. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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