Definition of ball lightning in English:

ball lightning


  • [mass noun] A rare and little known kind of lightning having the form of a moving globe of light several centimetres across which persists for periods of up to a minute.

    • ‘Shields may seem archaic in this modern age of handguns and ball lightning, but they are a tradition that we should strive to preserve.’
    • ‘Some scientists even argued that ball lightning didn't exist.’
    • ‘To a few, the circles suggest the action of numerate whirlwinds, microwave-generated ball lightning, or some other peculiar atmospheric phenomenon.’
    • ‘If you have ever heard of the Northern Lights or ball lightning, you might know that those are types of plasmas.’
    • ‘Here's one account by a man who saw ball lightning in the summer of 1966 on a produce farm where he grew up.’
    • ‘All appears to indicate that the cameras aboard the Mexican aircraft picked up one of the strangest and therefore most fascinating atmospheric phenomena: ball lightning.’
    • ‘‘Humbug’ refers to natural phenomena such as heavenly bodies, noctilucent clouds, ball lightning, and man-made objects such as glowing blimps.’
    • ‘He had seen the ball lightning from a nearby section of the city, but waited to see where she'd stop for another attack.’
    • ‘Read about ball lightning, another charged-particle phenomenon.’
    • ‘Some researchers believe that ball lightning occurs when lightning bolts touch down on the Earth's surface.’
    • ‘A person could spend precious minutes looking for a Shard that would unleash ball lightning while another person would use a different Shard to kill the befuddled one.’
    • ‘Two New Zealand scientists believe ball lightning consists of ‘fluffy balls of burning silicon created by ordinary fork lightning striking the earth.’’
    • ‘The triangular snowflake is no more interesting than a four-leaf clover, ball lightning, or the aurora borealis.’
    • ‘These are the same people who were telling us that Paul was converted by ball lightning.’
    • ‘Extremely rare, there are few pictures of ball lightning, which is usually described as a floating sphere, often about the size of a basketball.’
    • ‘Jake ran around a corner just as a ball lightning exploded through the wall.’
    • ‘In nearly all reported cases, the observers saw another form of lightning flash before seeing ball lightning.’
    • ‘The sky above Los Angels is likely charged with a tremendous amount of electrical energy that may develop into something like ball lightning.’
    • ‘The strange properties of ball lightning can be explained in terms of metallic nanoparticles without introducing any extraordinary new physical processes.’
    • ‘I like the idea of ball lightning, but what exactly is it?’