Ball lightning

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ball lightning a rare form of lightning sometimes seen as a globe of fire moving from the clouds to the earth.
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Usage

In literature:

The Sainte-Agnes boys were to play the Hastings nine in a fortnight, and Amedee's lightning balls were the hope of his team.
"O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather
The Rube received the ball from Sweeney and quick as lightning he sped it plateward.
"The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories" by Zane Grey
Leibel seemed to see a ball of lightning in the air; it burst, and he felt the electric current strike right through his heart.
"Stories By English Authors: London" by Various
Like lightning the Red Shirt caught the ball, and rushing at Thomas, shot furiously at close quarters.
"Glengarry Schooldays" by Ralph Connor
She used little rouge, but that little made her eyes two balls of black lightning.
"Peg Woffington" by Charles Reade
You can't see it any more than you can see a lightning bolt, though that is sometimes visible as a ball of fire.
"Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle" by Victor Appleton
World War II saw the demise of this lightning fast webbed ball because of the shortage of rubber and the game all but died.
"Squash Tennis" by Richard C. Squires
The mergers of ball-lightning and meteorites are not resistances to us: our data are of enormous bodies.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Their heads were globes of ball lightning.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
It was based on the fact that ball lightning could be generated by a circuit fundamentally akin to the other two.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
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In news:

Explaining the mystery of ball lightning .
My family saw what looked like a ball of lightning enter the glass front door, go right past us (or possibly even through us) in the living room and leave by the back window, where it hit a tree, causing some damage.
Residents are reporting hailstones the size of golf balls and spectacular lightning strikes during the storm that started just before 6.30pm.
On Tuesday evening (May 24, 2011), supercell thunderstorms swept through the Dallas/Fort Worth area, bringing hail to the size of Golf Balls, frequent lightning, damaging winds in excess of 60 MPH, and developing tornadoes.
Jerry Sigua/Roseville Press TribuneNicole Zenzola, right, of the Eureka Lightning battles for possession of the ball with a Sunrise Fury player during the Hot August Blast Off last weekend at Maidu Park.
Guy Boucher says Lightning are 'behind the 8-ball before the game even starts'.
He proposes ball lightning is caused when leftover ions (electric energy), which are very dense, are swept to the ground following a lightning strike.
A researcher says ball lightning is caused when leftover ions, which are very dense, are swept to the ground following a lightning strike.
A crazy lightning fire ball.
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In science:

In this paper, the author brings further details regarding his Lightning Ball observation which were not mentioned in the first one.
New Revelation of Lightning Ball Observation and Proposal for a Nuclear Reactor Fusion Experiment
Photograph of a lightning Ball with two flashes O.
New Revelation of Lightning Ball Observation and Proposal for a Nuclear Reactor Fusion Experiment
Beltrami equation are able to explain ball lightning.
Summary Talk of the X Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics
Comment on the presentation: It is assumed that the ball lightning is rotating.
Summary Talk of the X Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics
Coupled Vortex-Magnetic Field Solution for Ball Lightning”.
Summary Talk of the X Latin American Workshop on Plasma Physics
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