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Lightning vs. Thunderbolt

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Main Difference

The main difference between Lightning and Thunderbolt is that the Lightning is a atmospheric discharge of electricity and Thunderbolt is a symbolic representation of lightning

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  • Lightning (noun)

    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.

    "Although we did not see the lightning, we did hear the thunder."

  • Lightning (noun)

    A discharge of this kind.

    "The lightning was hot enough to melt the sand."

    "That tree was hit by lightning."

  • Lightning (noun)

    Anything that moves very fast.

  • Lightning (noun)

    The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.

  • Lightning (adjective)

    Extremely fast or sudden.

  • Lightning (adjective)

    Moving at the speed of lightning.

  • Lightning (verb)

    To produce lightning.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A very powerful shot.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A belemnite, or thunderstone.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A charge in the form of two joined bundles with four rays of lightning emerging from them, resembling the thunderbolt of Jupiter.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A daring or irresistible hero.

Wiktionary
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  • Lightning (noun)

    A discharge of atmospheric electricity, accompanied by a vivid flash of light, commonly from one cloud to another, sometimes from a cloud to the earth. The sound produced by the electricity in passing rapidly through the atmosphere constitutes thunder.

  • Lightning (noun)

    The act of making bright, or the state of being made bright; enlightenment; brightening, as of the mental powers.

  • Lightning

    Lightening.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    Something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    A belemnite, or thunderstone.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Lightning (noun)

    abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light

  • Lightning (noun)

    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

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

  • Thunderbolt (noun)

    a shocking surprise;

    "news of the attack came like a bombshell"

Princeton's WordNet

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