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heat lightning

n.
Intermittent flashes of light near the horizon, usually seen on a hot summer evening, unaccompanied by thunder and thought to be cloud reflections of distant lightning.
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heat lightning

n
(Physical Geography) flashes of light seen near the horizon, esp on hot evenings: reflections of more distant lightning
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heat′ light`ning


n.
lightning too distant for thunder to be heard, observed as diffuse flashes near the horizon on summer evenings.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heat lightning - bright flashes of light near the horizon without thunder (especially on hot evenings); usually attributed to distant lightning that is reflected by clouds
lightning - the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more
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I used to lie in my bed by the open window, watching the heat lightning play softly along the horizon, or looking up at the gaunt frame of the windmill against the blue night sky.
Towards night it begun to darken up and look like rain; the heat lightning was squirting around low down in the sky, and the leaves was beginning to shiver -- it was going to be pretty ugly, it was easy to see that.
The thunder continued to rumble and flashes of heat lightning lit up the eastern sky.
The authorities have dismissed the fires as the work of heat lightning, but in between her monotonous day job and dealing with her absent mother, a young woman named Beth discovers the blazes may not be an accident.
I am reminded of summers of my youth: balmy nights, the sounds of katydids, the visual spectacle of heat lightning, and the pleasure of root beer floats on the back porch.
then: every track and trace: heat lightning, werewolf two-step, second
Heading the trio was R Heat Lightning (below), who established herself as a leading Kentucky Oaks contender in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks, while Awesome Maria and Travelin Man each landed Graded stakes wins.
Her dam Heat Lightning has already produced a Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner in Stevie Wonderboy, successful in the colts' race five years ago.
In the fall, the Japanese maples flared red, heat lightning shook the sky, and I started thinking about my Halloween costume.
Quick as heat lightning in the desert sky, I rushed at the snake.