Saint Elmo's fire
noun Etymology: Saint Elmo (Erasmus) died 303 Italian bishop & patron saint of sailors Date: 1753 a flaming phenomenon sometimes seen in stormy weather at prominent points on an airplane or ship and on land that is of the nature of a brush discharge of electricity — called also Saint Elmo's light

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  • Saint Elmo's fire — 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

  • Saint Elmo’s fire — Elmo ugnys statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Saint Elmo fire; Saint Elmo’s fire vok. Elms Feuer, n; St Elms Feuer, n rus. огни св. Эльма, m; огни Эльма, m pranc. feux Saint Elmo, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Saint Elmo's fire — or Saint Elmo s light [el′mōz] n. [after St. Elmo, patron saint of sailors] a visible electric discharge (corona) from charged, esp. pointed, objects, as the tips of masts, spires, trees, etc.: seen sometimes during electrical storms …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Elmo's fire — noun an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere • Syn: ↑corona discharge, ↑corona, ↑corposant, ↑St. Elmo s fire, ↑Saint Elmo s light, ↑Saint Ulmo s fire, ↑Saint Ulmo s light, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Elmo's fire — Saint El′mo s fire′ [[t]ˈɛl moʊz[/t]] n. elm St. Elmo s fire …   From formal English to slang

  • Saint Elmo's fire — /el mohz/. See St. Elmo s fire. * * * Glow accompanying the brushlike discharges of atmospheric electricity that usually appears as a tip of light on the extremities of such pointed objects as church towers or the masts of ships during stormy… …   Universalium

  • Saint Elmo's Fire —    A globular or flame shaped electrical discharge sometimes seen at night on a ships masthead, ends of yardarms, or on men s heads, when the ship is in stormy weather. St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • Saint Anthony's fire — 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

  • Saint Ulmo's fire — noun an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere • Syn: ↑corona discharge, ↑corona, ↑corposant, ↑St. Elmo s fire, ↑Saint Elmo s fire, ↑Saint Elmo s light, ↑Saint Ulmo s light, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Elmo's fire — El mo s fire See {Corposant}; also {Saint Elmo s Fire}, under {Saint}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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