ball lightning

ball lightning
noun Date: 1857 a rare form of lightning consisting of luminous balls that may move along solid objects or float in the air

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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

  • Ball lightning — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ball lightning — n. a rare form of lightning seen as a short lived, reddish, glowing ball, up to about a foot in diameter, that appears to float in the air or move rapidly along the ground before disintegrating …   English World dictionary

  • ball lightning — a rare form of lightning, consisting of a bright, luminous ball that moves rapidly along objects or floats in the air. Also called globe lightning. [1855 60] * * * ▪ atmospheric phenomenon also called  globe lightning        a rare aerial… …   Universalium

  • 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

  • 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

  • ball lightning — kamuolinis žaibas statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Švytintis, kartais kibirkščiuojantis 10–20 cm skersmens ugnies kamuolys, susidarantis dažniausiai po linijinio žaibo. Išsilaiko nuo 1 iki keleto minučių, juda be garso, per… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • ball lightning — noun a rare form of lightning in the shape of a moving luminous globe …   English new terms dictionary

  • ball lightning — noun : an extremely rare form of lightning consisting of highly luminous balls that move with moderate speed and usually disappear without an explosion …   Useful english dictionary

  • ball lightning — noun A short lived, glowing ball sometimes observed to float in the air; thought to consist of ionized gas associated with thunderstorms …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”