how to pronounce lightning


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The above transcription of lightning is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association. You can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

lightning is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of lightning in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… during a massive lightning storm the …”

meanings of lightning


  1. The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.
  2. Anything that moves very fast.
  3. A flash of light produced by short-duration, high-voltage discharge of electricity within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the earth.
  4. A discharge of this kind.


  1. Extremely fast or sudden; moving (as if) at the speed of lightning.


  1. To produce lightning.

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