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northern lights

noun, (used with a plural verb)
Origin of northern lights
1715-1725
1715-25
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  • Why, it seemed curiouser than any northern lights I ever see in my life, and they stream up dretful curious sometimes.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Often there were what Artois called "northern lights" in her sincerity.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • There they danced and played games, and the northern lights were the young people playing ball.

  • Some of us, at most, have a day or hour—a vision that's as far off and dim as northern lights.

  • And it was good to watch the ghostly dances of the northern lights fill the whole sky with music visible.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • I thought of northern lights, 139 then saw that it was on the north wall and not on the south.

    Track's End Hayden Carruth
  • They told him that it was no use building a wooden ship, for the spirits of the northern lights would set it on fire.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • It was at the close of a snowy day, and the northern lights were shooting up the sky.

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
British Dictionary definitions for northern lights

northern lights

plural noun
1.
another name for aurora borealis
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northern lights in Science
northern lights  
See under aurora.
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northern lights in Culture

northern lights definition


See aurora borealis.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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