lightening vs lightning : Common Errors in English

About lightening vs lightning

Those bright flashes in the storm clouds indeed used to be referred to as “lightening,” later as “light’ning,” but now they are simply “lightning.”“Lightening” has a quite different meaning in modern English: making lighter, as in lightening your load or lightening the color of your hair.

lightening Meaning(s)

  • (n) descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped
  • (n) changing to a lighter color

lightning Meaning(s)

  • (n) abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
  • (n) the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more

lightening in News

  1. How Two Sound Geeks Created Facebook's Friendly 'Ping' Tone

    That lightening bolt moment resulted in a F Major 7 chord, whose notes (not coincidentally) spell out F-A-C-E.                
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wired News

  2. Timberland owners in Lake County get $1.9 million in federal funds to restore burned acres from $1.9 federal funds

    Landowners who lost trees in the Lake County Barry Point Fire last August can apply for federal funds after more than $1.9 million in restoration money was announced Monday. Lightening started the Barry Point Fire, which burned 4,000 acres of private forests from Aug. 6-27.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Oregonian

  3. Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Cold Weather Events

    When a volcano erupts, it's not just the local area and weather that will be affected. In fact, weather and climate around the world can be influenced, as large eruptions throw volcanic ash particles into the stratosphere. Locally, these particles attract water droplets and therefore cause rain events. In addition, higher occurrences of thunder and lightening are observed in the area. But the ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Environmental News Network

lightning in News

  1. Lightning Activity in the Western States

    Are you Weather-Ready? Lightning Safety Week starts on June 23!
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Lightning Activity in the Central United States

    Are you Weather-Ready? Lightning Safety Week starts on June 23!
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Lightning Strikes the Willis Tower in Downtown Chicago

    Lightning hits the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and another building during a storm in downtown Chicago Wednesday evening. Read more...        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Gawker

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