• WordNet 3.6
    • n corposant an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Corposant St. Elmo's fire. See under Saint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n corposant A ball of light, supposed to be of an electrical nature, sometimes observed in dark tempestuous nights about the decks and rigging of a ship, but particularly at the mastheads and yard-arms; St. Elmo's light or fire. Also called corpse-light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corposant kor′po-zant St Elmo's fire, a ball of fire sometimes seen about a ship during a storm.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. corpo santo, holy body
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port.,—L. corpus sanctum, holy body.


In literature:

There was fever between the decks; there was fever in black hearts; of dark nights a corposant burned now at this masthead, now at that.
"Sir Mortimer" by Mary Johnston
Presently a bright star suddenly appears under the faintly gleaming corposants.
"The Missing Merchantman" by Harry Collingwood
The Sailor, then at the Helm, said he lately saw a Corposant at the Head of the Mast.
"John Woolman's Journal" by John Woolman