Definition of Lightning rod

1. Noun. Someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from another.

Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul



2. Noun. A metallic conductor that is attached to a high point and leads to the ground; protects the building from destruction by lightning.
Exact synonyms: Lightning Conductor
Generic synonyms: Conductor

Definition of Lightning rod

1. Noun. A metallic conductor that is attached to a high point of a building and leads to the ground and protects the building from damage by lightning ¹

2. Noun. (context: figuratively) A person or thing that is a target for negative reactions and distracts criticism from another target. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lightning Rod

lightmeters
lightness
lightnesses
lightning
lightning-quick
lightning arrester
lightning bug
lightning bugs
lightning conductor
lightning conductors
lightning detector
lightning detectors
lightning injuries
lightning mapper
lightning never strikes twice in the same place
lightning rod (current term)
lightning rods
lightning strip
lightninged
lightninging
lightninglike
lightnings
lightpen
lightpens
lightplane
lightplanes
lightproof
lightray
lightrays
lightroom

Literary usage of Lightning rod

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"The ordinance Imposed an occupation tax of $25 "upon lightning rod agents or dealers engaged In the business of putting up or erecting lightning rods. ..."

2. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1875)
"Now all large and well-contrived vessels are always built with the lightning rod included in their structure. was virtually and substantially clear. ..."

3. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"lightning rod. A rod, wire, or strip of metal running from a point above the roof of a building to the earth so that it will carry off electric discharges ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly (1893)
"THE INVENTOR OF THE LIGHTNING-ROD. BT JOSEPH J. KKAL. WHEN the newspapers lately announced the names of eminent electricians ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"If your house stands alone, a prominent point in the landscape, on a cliff, or remote from trees, I should be in favor of a properly placed lightning-rod. ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society by American Antiquarian Society (1907)
"DID BENJAMIN FRANKLIN FLY HIS ELECTRICAL KITE BEFORE HE INVENTED THE lightning rod? BY ABBOTT LAWRENCE ROTCH. One of the best known events in the life of ..."

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