corposant

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cor·po·sant

 (kôr′pə-zənt)
[Portuguese and obsolete Spanish corpo santo, both from Latin corpus sānctum, holy body : corpus, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots + sānctus, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots.]

corposant

(ˈkɔːpəˌzænt)
n
(General Physics) another name for Saint Elmo's fire
[C17: from Portuguese corpo-santo, literally: holy body, from Latin corpus sanctum]
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Noun1.corposant - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmospherecorposant - an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
arc, electric arc, electric discharge, spark, discharge - electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
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We are never without a corposant grinning on our bows or rolling head over heels from nose to midships, and to the crackle of electricity around and within us is added once or twice the rattle of hail--hail that will never fall on any sea.
That imposes to the two corposants movements the cinematic coordination in the purpose that the generating point M cross cyclically along the generatrix G of the cylinder constant distances [p.