noun ADJ. forked, sheet Forked lightning flickered across the sky. QUANT. bolt, flash A bolt of lightning struck the roof of the building. LIGHTNING + VERB flash, flicker, fork, light sth (up) Lightning flashed outside. Lightning lit up the night sky. | hit sb/sth, strike sb/sth Lightning hit the tree. He was struck by lightning. LIGHTNING + NOUN bolt, flash | strike Lightning strikes caused scores of fires across the state. | speed PHRASES thunder and lightning
Oxford Collocations Dictionary
a flash of lightning/a lightning flash
(= a sudden light from lightning )
• Suddenly there was a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder. • A series of lightning flashes crackled overhead.
a bolt of lightning/a lightning bolt
(= lightning that appears as a long white line )
• The tree was struck by a lightning bolt.
a lightning strike
(= an occasion when lightning hits something )
• A lightning strike sent a surge through the electricity supply system.
a lightning storm
• A lightning storm lit up the night sky.
thunder and lightning
• After a few minutes, the thunder and lightning moved further away.
• Lightning flashed in the sky, and there was a loud crash of thunder.
lightning hits/strikes something
• The house had been hit by lightning.
lightning lights (up) something
• Lightning lit up the room briefly.
(= lightning that appears as lines connected to each other )
• Forked lightning spread across the sky.
(= lightning that appears as a sudden flash of brightness covering a large area of sky )
• Thunder rumbled and sheet lightning flashed ominously among the clouds.