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sheet lightning

n.
Lightning that appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash.
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sheet lightning

n
(Physical Geography) lightning that appears as a broad sheet, caused by the reflection of more distant lightning
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sheet′ light`ning


n.
lightning appearing as a general illumination over a broad area, usu. because the path of the flash is obscured by clouds.
[1820–30]
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sheet lightning

- Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash.
See also related terms for reflection.
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Translations

sheet lightning

nlampeggio diffuso
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References in classic literature ?
The night was warm and still, and a little oppressive; the sound of guns continued intermittently, and after midnight there seemed to be sheet lightning in the south.
Away to the south the sheet lightning was like the flashing of an enormous lantern hidden under the horizon.
Most other lightning happens wholly within the cloud and is visible only as a brightening of the cloud, often called 'sheet lightning'.
It wasn't much of a storm in Al Hail North.Towering cumulonimbus clouds, dark and heavy with rain, swept in from the Sea of Oman and thunderclaps together with sheet lightning rolled and rumbled across the coastline.
There were examples of sheet lightning and fork lightning throughout the evening, which was punctuated with loud rumbles of thunder.
Many of the short-sleeved crowds were left blissfully unaware of the drama the night before, when sheet lightning lit up the showground and heavy rain bounced off the marquees.
#1 The colour of the flashes was a blue-white, definitely white like lightning, but more like the sheet lightning we occasionally see in the mountains.
"Because there was so much heat and so much energy in the clouds it created the sheet lightning which is unusual and started about 11.30pm and went on past midnight.
"I don't believe it will be really severe like some of the storms you see on the continent, and a lot of the lightning you see in this country is cloud to cloud sheet lightning, but whether there could be strikes is impossible to tell."
A young writer who wanted to know more about his poem which mused largely upon Jupiter, fulminations, oak cleaving and sheet lightning. It had been published by a local micro press and carefully sewn in a very small number, yet it was superior in every way to many of the shiny, perfect bound covers among which it was carelessly nestled.
London, March 30 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have found that Volcano plumes can swirl like cyclones, thus spawning tornadoes and sheet lightning.