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lightning

(Encyclopedia) lightning, electrical discharge accompanied by thunder, commonly occurring during a thunderstorm. The discharge may take place between one part of a cloud and another part (intracloud…

lightning rod

(Encyclopedia) lightning rod, a rod made of materials, especially metals, that are good conductors of electricity, which is mounted on top of a building or other structure and attached to the ground…

thunder

(Encyclopedia) thunder, sound produced along a path of a lightning flash, caused by the rapid heating and expansion of the adjacent air; lightning can heat air to temperatures as much as five times…

Struck by Lightning

Zeus, park rangers, and the probability of being struck by lightning by Borgna Brunner Lightning Links Lightning Dangers & Fatality StatisticsEncyclopedia: LightningWeather &…

Brewer's: Lightning

[Barca]. Hamilcar of Carthage was called “Barca,” both on account of the rapidity of his march and also for the severity of his attacks. (B.C. 247-228.) Chain lightning. Two or more…

Lightning Dangers

The National Weather Service publication Storm Data recorded a total of 4,049 deaths from lightning strikes from the year 1959 through 2014. According to the…

Barca

(Encyclopedia) Barca, surname, probably meaning lightning, given members of a powerful Carthaginian family: see Hamilcar Barca; Hannibal; Hasdrubal.

Brewer's: Lightning Conductor

A metal rod raised above a building with one end in the earth, to carry off the lightning and prevent its injuring the building. It must be pointed at the top extremity to ensure a quiet…

Brewer's: Lightning Preservers

The most approved classical preservatives against lightning were the eagle, the sea-calf, and the laurel. Jupiter chose the first, Augustus Caesar the second, and Tiberius the third. (…