Saint Elmo's fire


Saint Elmo's fire
noun
an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
Syn:
Hypernyms: ↑discharge, ↑spark, ↑arc, ↑electric arc, ↑electric discharge

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noun or saint elmo's light \\-ˈel(ˌ)mōz-\; or saint ulmo's fire or saint ulmo's light \\-ˈəl(ˌ)mōz-\
Usage: usually capitalized S&E&U
Etymology: after St. Elmo or Ulmo (Erasmus) died 303 Italian bishop and martyr, patron saint of sailors
: a flaming pheonomenon sometimes seen in stormy weather at prominent points on an airplane (as at the wing tips) or ship (as at the masthead or yardarms) and on land (as at the tops of trees or steeples) that is of the nature of a brush discharge of electricity which is reddish when positive and bluish when negative — called also corposant

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/el"mohz/.
See St. Elmo's fire.

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Saint Elmo's fire or Saint Elmo's light,
= St. Elmo's fire. (Cf.St)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Saint Elmo's fire — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saint Elmo’s fire — Elmo ugnys statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Saint Elmo fire; Saint Elmo’s fire vok. Elms Feuer, n; St Elms Feuer, n rus. огни св. Эльма, m; огни Эльма, m pranc. feux Saint Elmo, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Saint Elmo's fire — or Saint Elmo s light [el′mōz] n. [after St. Elmo, patron saint of sailors] a visible electric discharge (corona) from charged, esp. pointed, objects, as the tips of masts, spires, trees, etc.: seen sometimes during electrical storms …   English World dictionary

  • Saint Elmo's fire — Saint El′mo s fire′ [[t]ˈɛl moʊz[/t]] n. elm St. Elmo s fire …   From formal English to slang

  • Saint Elmo's fire — /el mohz/. See St. Elmo s fire. * * * Glow accompanying the brushlike discharges of atmospheric electricity that usually appears as a tip of light on the extremities of such pointed objects as church towers or the masts of ships during stormy… …   Universalium

  • Saint Elmo's fire — noun Etymology: Saint Elmo (Erasmus) died 303 Italian bishop & patron saint of sailors Date: 1753 a flaming phenomenon sometimes seen in stormy weather at prominent points on an airplane or ship and on land that is of the nature of a brush… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Saint Elmo's Fire —    A globular or flame shaped electrical discharge sometimes seen at night on a ships masthead, ends of yardarms, or on men s heads, when the ship is in stormy weather. St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • Saint Anthony's fire — Saint Saint (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. {Sacred}, {Sanctity}, {Sanctum}, {Sanctus}.] 1. A person sanctified; a holy or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Saint Ulmo's fire — noun an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere • Syn: ↑corona discharge, ↑corona, ↑corposant, ↑St. Elmo s fire, ↑Saint Elmo s fire, ↑Saint Elmo s light, ↑Saint Ulmo s light, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saint Elmo fire — Elmo ugnys statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. Saint Elmo fire; Saint Elmo’s fire vok. Elms Feuer, n; St Elms Feuer, n rus. огни св. Эльма, m; огни Эльма, m pranc. feux Saint Elmo, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas


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