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lightning conductor

, rod
a metal strip terminating in a series of sharp points, attached to the highest part of a building, etc., to discharge the electric field before it can reach a dangerous level and cause a lightning strike
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Lightning conductor

A metal device that leads an electrical charge from a strike by lightning safely to the ground; typically a braided copper wire connected to a lightning rod on the roof and grounded to a water pipe or other underground metal conductor.
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture Copyright © 2012, 2002, 1998 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

lightning conductor

[′līt·niŋ kən‚dək·tər]
(electricity)
A conductor designed to carry the current of a lightning discharge from a lightning rod to ground.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lightning conductor, lightning rod

lightning conductor
A metallic cable or rod, running from the highest point on the roof of a building (and insulated from it) to the ground; protects the building, should lightning strike, by providing a direct path to ground.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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