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lightningnoun [U]

uk   /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ/ us   /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ/
B1 a flash of bright light in the sky that is produced by electricity moving between clouds or from clouds to the ground: thunder and lightning a flash/bolt of lightning That tree was struck by lightning. She changed her clothes with lightning speed (= extremely quickly).

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(Definition of lightning from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lightningnoun [U]

us   /ˈlɑɪt·nɪŋ/
  • lightning noun [U] (ELECTRIC FLASH)

a flash of bright light in the sky produced by electricity moving within or between clouds, or between clouds and the ground: That tree was struck by lightning in a recent thunderstorm.
lightning bolt also bolt of lightning
A lightning bolt or bolt of lightning is a particular flash of bright light seen in the sky.

lightningadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈlɑɪt·nɪŋ/
very fast: She moves at lightning speed.
(Definition of lightning from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lightning”
in Korean 번개…
in Arabic بَرْق…
in Malaysian petir, kilat…
in French éclair, foudre…
in Russian молния…
in Chinese (Traditional) 閃電…
in Italian lampi, fulmini…
in Turkish şimşek, yıldırım…
in Polish błyskawica, piorun…
in Spanish relámpago, rayo…
in Vietnamese chớp…
in Portuguese relâmpagos, raios…
in Thai ฟ้าแล่บ…
in German der Blitz…
in Catalan llamp, llampec…
in Japanese 稲妻…
in Chinese (Simplified) 闪电…
in Indonesian kilat…
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