Definition of bottled lightning in English:

bottled lightning


  • 1Any 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. Stored or concentrated energy, vitality, or dynamism. Also in "like bottled lightning" and variants: with great intensity or energy.


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


bottled lightning

/ˌbɒtld ˈlʌɪtnɪŋ/