Elmo's fire

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Elmo's fire See Corposant; also Saint Elmo's Fire, under Saint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elmo's fire el′mōz fīr, the popular name of an electric appearance sometimes seen like a brush or star of light at the tops of masts, spars, &c
    • Elmo's fire Also known as the Fire of St Elias, of St Clara, of St Nicholas, and of Helena, as well as composite or composant (corpus sanctum) on the Suffolk sea-board
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Usage

In literature:

He looked round the room, but his niece had vanished "like Saint-Elmo's fires," to use his favorite expression.
"The Ball at Sceaux" by Honore de Balzac
Caradoc was still explaining the theory of St. Elmo's fire to the listening men.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
The St. Elmo's fire is a very weak electric discharge.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
The top of the skeletal cracking plant across the freeway glowed with St. Elmo's fire!
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The St. Elmo's fire usually appears only on ships devoted to destruction.
"The Corsair King" by Mór Jókai
ELMO'S FIRE, ST., a meteoric appearance often seen playing about the masts and rigging of ships.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
It is now called St. Elmo's Fire.
"The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines" by Hezekiah Butterworth
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In news:

Superstition, St Elmo's fire, and the haunted lighthouse of Cape Romano.
Demi Moore, St Elmo's Fire.
Stars' Big Breaks: Demi Moore, St Elmo's Fire.
Elmo's Fire' re-recorded as tribute to Tim Tebow.
What is St Elmo's fire.
St Elmo's fire is a brushlike or treelike electrical discharge around an object in the atmosphere, often accompanied by a bluish glow and a hissing, crackling noise.
Tim Tebow Extinguishes St Elmo's Fire.
Superstition , St Elmo's fire, and the haunted lighthouse of Cape Romano.
He became a star playing intelligent, wary, loners in such iconic 1980s movies as Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire and Class.
St Elmo's Fire was released back in 1985 and it's an "American coming-of-age film" directed by Joel Schumacher.
John Parr has updated his 1985 #1 hit "St. Elmo's Fire" to honor Tebow called 'Tebow's Fire'.
Singer John Parr was so moved by Tim Tebow that he decided to rework his #1 hit from 1985, "St. Elmo's Fire" into a tribute for the talk of the NFL.
John Parr Has Rewritten "St. Elmo's Fire" Into a Song About Tim Tebow.
We all remember the John Parr classic 1985 jam "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" well, it's now a song about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
Next, record producer David Foster called Parr , asking for a song to include on the "St. Elmo's Fire" movie soundtrack.
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