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Definition: Sheet lightning
, n. [OE. shete, schete, AS. sc[=e]te, sc[=y]te,
fr. sce['a]t a projecting corner, a fold in a garment (akin
to D. schoot sheet, bosom, lap, G. schoss bosom, lap, flap of
a coat, Icel. skaut, Goth. skauts the hem of a garment);
originally, that which shoots out, from the root of AS.
sce['o]tan to shoot. [root]159. See Shoot
, v. t.]
In general, a large, broad piece of anything thin, as paper,
cloth, etc.; a broad, thin portion of any substance; an
expanded superficies. Specifically:
(a) A broad piece of cloth, usually linen or cotton, used for
wrapping the body or for a covering; especially, one used
as an article of bedding next to the body.
He fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a
certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been
a great sheet knit at the four corners. --Acts x.
If I do die before thee, prithee, shroud me
In one of those same sheets. --Shak.
(b) A broad piece of paper, whether folded or unfolded,
whether blank or written or printed upon; hence, a
letter; a newspaper, etc.
(c) A single signature of a book or a pamphlet; in pl., the
To this the following sheets are intended for a
full and distinct answer. --Waterland.
(d) A broad, thinly expanded portion of metal or other
substance; as, a sheet of copper, of glass, or the like;
a plate; a leaf.
(e) A broad expanse of water, or the like. “The two
beautiful sheets of water.”
(f) A sail. --Dryden.
(g) (Geol.) An extensive bed of an eruptive rock intruded
between, or overlying, other strata.
2. [AS. sce['a]ta. See the Etymology above.] (Naut.)
(a) A rope or chain which regulates the angle of
adjustment of a sail in relation in relation to the
wind; -- usually attached to the lower corner of a
sail, or to a yard or a boom.
(b) pl. The space in the forward or the after part of a
boat where there are no rowers; as, fore sheets; stern
Note: Sheet is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
denote that the substance to the name of which it is
prefixed is in the form of sheets, or thin plates or
leaves; as, sheet brass, or sheet-brass; sheet glass,
or sheet-glass; sheet gold, or sheet-gold; sheet iron,
or sheet-iron, etc.
A sheet in the wind
, half drunk. [Sailors' Slang]
Both sheets in the wind
, very drunk. [Sailors' Slang]
, lying flat or expanded; not folded, or folded
but not bound; -- said especially of printed sheets.
(Naut.), a bend or hitch used for temporarily
fastening a rope to the bight of another rope or to an
, Sheet piling
, etc. See under
(l[imac]t"n[i^]ng), n. [For lightening,
fr. lighten to flash.]
1. A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a
vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another,
sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound produced by
the electricity in passing rapidly through the atmosphere
2. The act of making bright, or the state of being made
bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental
, a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as
a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.
, lightning in angular, zigzag, or forked
, more or less vivid and extensive flashes of
electric light, without thunder, seen near the horizon,
esp. at the close of a hot day.
(Telegraphy), a device, at the place
where a wire enters a building, for preventing injury by
lightning to an operator or instrument. It consists of a
short circuit to the ground interrupted by a thin
nonconductor over which lightning jumps. Called also
(Zo["o]l.), a luminous beetle. See Firefly
, a lightning rod.
, a quick, penetrating glance of a
, a metallic rod set up on a building, or on
the mast of a vessel, and connected with the earth or
water below, for the purpose of protecting the building or
vessel from lightning.
, a diffused glow of electric light flashing
out from the clouds, and illumining their outlines. The
appearance is sometimes due to the reflection of light
from distant flashes of lightning by the nearer clouds.