corposant
noun Etymology: Portuguese corpo-santo, literally, holy body Date: circa 1595 Saint Elmo's fire

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  • Corposant — Cor po*sant (k?r p? z?nt), n. [It. corpo santo holy body.] St. Elmo s fire. See under {Saint}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corposant — [kôr′pə sant΄, kôr′pəzant΄] n. 〚Port corpo santo, holy body < L corpus sanctum, holy body〛 SAINT ELMO S FIRE * * * cor·po·sant (kôrʹpə zənt) n. See Saint Elmo s fire.   [Portuguese, and obsolete Spanish corpo santo both from Latin corpus sānctum …   Universalium

  • corposant — [kôr′pə sant΄, kôr′pəzant΄] n. [Port corpo santo, holy body < L corpus sanctum, holy body] SAINT ELMO S FIRE …   English World dictionary

  • Corposant — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corposant — noun an electrical discharge accompanied by a corona of ionization in the surrounding atmosphere Syn: St. Elmos fire, Saint Elmos fire …   Wiktionary

  • corposant — cor·po·sant || kɔːpÉ™zÉ™nt n. St. Elmo s fire or similar electrical discharge, corona …   English contemporary dictionary

  • corposant — A luminous visible electrical discharge from pointed objects when the air is highly charged electrically. It is usually observed as a brushlike fiery jet, extending from a wing, a propeller, or another part of an aircraft. Another name for Saint… …   Aviation dictionary

  • corposant — [ kɔ:pəzant] noun archaic an appearance of St Elmo s fire on a ship. Origin C16: from Old Sp., Port., and Ital. corpo santo holy body …   English new terms dictionary

  • corposant — cor·po·sant …   English syllables

  • corposant — /ˈkɔpəzænt/ (say kawpuhzant) noun a light, due to atmospheric electricity, sometimes seen on the mastheads, yardarms, etc., of ships and on church towers, treetops, etc. {Portuguese corpo santo holy body (Latin corpus sanctum)} …   Australian English dictionary

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