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northern lights

noun, (used with a plural verb)
Origin of northern lights
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The producer claims that this is the first colored motion picture taken of the northern lights.
  • The northern lights could be seen flashing across the bleak horizon.
  • Radiation would probably cause the planets' night skies to light up with auroras similar to our northern lights.
  • During the winter months, this region is far enough north for visitors to view the northern lights.
  • One night, fog gathered thickly, abstracting the licks and sighs of the northern lights.
  • The northern lights had disappeared, but the stars had changed positions, and he had no idea where he was.
British Dictionary definitions for northern lights

northern lights

plural noun
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
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