Definition of bottled lightning in English:

bottled lightning

noun

  • 1rare Any strong, especially low quality, alcoholic drink; = lightning. Now somewhat rare.

  • 2Originally: electrical energy stored by a device such as a capacitor or battery. Later: the electrical power generated by a very powerful battery.

  • 3figurative
    Figurative. Stored or concentrated energy, vitality, or dynamism. Also in like bottled lightning and variants: with great intensity or energy.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Stage: a Poem. From bottled + lightning.

Pronunciation

bottled lightning

/ˌbɒtld ˈlʌɪtnɪŋ/