a rodlike conductor installed to divert lightning away from a structure by providing a direct path to the ground.
a person or thing that attracts and absorbs powerful and especially negative or hostile feelings, opinions, etc., thereby diverting such feelings from other targets:
The unpopular supervisor served as a lightning rod for the criticism that should have been aimed at management.
A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to conduct electrical current from a lightning strike directly to the ground, preventing the currents from injuring people or animals or from damaging objects. Lightning rods usually have a sharp, pointed tip, since electric lines of force are more highly concentrated around pointed objects, in this case increasing the attractiveness of the rod compared with other nearby objects. See also Saint Elmo’s fire.
Someone or something that draws the attention, esp criticism, for an issue or problem: press secretary is the lightning rod for the President
- Lightning stroke
noun 1. a discharge of lightning between a cloud and the earth, esp one that causes damage 2. (vet science) sudden death due to being struck by lightning, esp of cattle, horses or sheep
[lahyt] /laɪt/ verb (used without object), lighted or lit, lighting. 1. to get down or descend, as from a horse or a vehicle. 2. to come to rest, as on a spot or thing; fall or settle upon; land: The bird lighted on the branch. My eye lighted on some friends in the crowd. 3. […]
noun 1. . noun 1. another term for operetta
noun, Optics. 1. an elongated transparent medium, such as an optical fiber, for transmitting light.