A friend of mine in a Southern city tells me of a red-headed woodpecker that drums upon a lightning-rod on his neighbor's house.
When it was nearing completion, the question arose, should they put on a lightning-rod.
Nay, be a lightning-rod peddler or a book agent, before you set your heart upon it that you shall write for a living.
Buying this ticket is like buying a lightning-rod; it may draw off the lightning!
It is even said that he made here his first experiment with a lightning-rod.
You never need a lightning-rod, because it never thunders and it never lightens.
I was up stairs in a second, and down the lightning-rod in another one, and shinning through the dark for the lean-to.
But most important of all in building up his reputation was the lightning-rod.
The lightning-rod was the outcome of Franklin's observations, and this was the first practical invention relating to electricity.
All the heavy metal of the house should be a part of the lightning-rod.
|lightning rod |
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