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St. Elmo's fire
PRONUNCIATION:(saynt EL-mohz fyr)
MEANING:noun: An electrical discharge visible at the surface of a conductor, as a ship's mast or an airplane's wing.
ETYMOLOGY:After St. Erasmus (mispronounced as Elmo by sailors) who is regarded as the patron saint of sailors and an electrical discharge on the mast of a ship is believed to be a sign of his protection. This phenomenon of corona discharge is also called St. Elmo's light.
USAGE:"When Capt Moody opened the door to the cockpit he saw the windscreen ablaze with a St. Elmo's fire -- a discharge of static electricity."
When Volcanic Ash Stopped a Jumbo at 37,000ft; BBC News (London, UK); Apr 15, 2010.
"Donald Holder's lighting design needed more pizzazz, particularly in scenes like the storm that sparks St. Elmo's fire on the ship's masts."
Heidi Waleson; Taming the Whale; The Wall Street Journal (New York); May 4, 2010.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. -Banksy, street artist (b. 1974)