Saint Elmo's fire
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Saint El·mo's fire(ĕl′mōz)
A visible electric discharge on a pointed object, such as the mast of a ship or the wing of an airplane, during an electrical storm. Also called corposant.
[After Saint Elmo, fourth-century ad patron saint of sailors.]
Saint Elmo's fire(ˈɛlməʊz)
(General Physics) (not in technical usage) a luminous region that sometimes appears around church spires, the masts of ships, etc. It is a corona discharge in the air caused by atmospheric electricity. Also called: corposant
[C16: so called because it was associated with Saint Elmo (a corruption, via Sant'Ermo, of Saint Erasmus, died 303) the patron saint of Mediterranean sailors]
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|Noun||1.||Saint Elmo's fire - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere|
corona discharge, corposant, electric glow, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire, corona