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northern lights

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northern lights

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(Physical Geography) another name for aurora borealis
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auro′ra bo•re•al′is

(ˌbɔr iˈæl ɪs, -ˈeɪ lɪs, ˌboʊr-)
n.
the aurora of the Northern Hemisphere. Also called northern lights, auro′ra polar′is.
[1621; < New Latin: northern aurora; see boreal]
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northern lights

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.northern lights - the aurora of the northern hemispherenorthern lights - the aurora of the northern hemisphere
aurora - an atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
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Translations
revontulet
aurore boréale
sarki fény
norðurljós

northern lights

pl the northern lightsdas Nordlicht
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northern lights

npl the northern lightsl'aurora boreale
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What a fine frosty night; how Orion glitters; what northern lights! Let them talk of their oriental summer climes of everlasting conservatories; give me the privilege of making my own summer with my own coals.
Sir James is one of the commissioners for the Northern Lights. He is going in a Government vessel to inspect the lighthouses on the North of Scotland, and on the Orkney and Shetland Islands--and, having noticed how worn and ill my poor boy looks, he most kindly invites George to be his guest on the voyage.
I am so happy, I declare I could kiss Sir James--though he is a great man, and a Commissioner for Northern Lights! In three weeks more (wind and weather permitting) they hope to get back.
It was like nothing so much as the phantasmagoric play of the northern lights. In the mere exercise of the fancy, however, and the sportiveness of a growing mind, there might be a little more than was observable in other children of bright faculties; except as Pearl, in the dearth of human playmates, was thrown more upon the visionary throng which she created.
Each beast growled, snapped, choked once over his portion, and hurried back to the protection of the passage, while the boy stood upon the snow under the blazing Northern Lights and dealt out justice.
From time to time a greenish wave of the Northern Lights would roll across the hollow of the high heavens, flick like a flag, and disappear; or a meteor would crackle from darkness to darkness, trailing a shower of sparks behind.
How would you paint this which I saw, a picture without beginning, the ending of which I do not understand, a piece of life with the northern lights for a candle and Alaska for a frame."
The northern lights flame in the sky, and the sun-dogs dance, and the air is filled with frost-dust.
The third showed the pinnacle of an iceberg piercing a polar winter sky: a muster of northern lights reared their dim lances, close serried, along the horizon.
At night, just as the Northern Lights were winking and flashing through the fog, Kotick climbed a bare rock and looked down on the scattered nurseries and the torn and bleeding seals.
A cold stream of northern light fell upon her face.
NYMR general manager Chris Price said: "Northern Lights Express services are not to be missed.

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