lightning switch


Also found in: Wikipedia.

lightning switch

[′līt·niŋ ‚swich]
(electricity)
A manually operated switch used to connect a radio antenna to ground during electrical storms, rather than to the radio receiver.
References in periodicals archive ?
The visored Mountrath was brought over to run solo along the stands' rail; fully two furlongs out Moore had already opted for firm, stick-up pursuit of the clear leader; with 200 yards to run he angled across for competition; in the shadow of the post he did a lightning switch of his whip to his left hand and then that final crack clinched things right on the line.
A typical school gymnasium uses 40 fixtures, while an office with a grid ceiling might use about 25 light fixtures per 100 square feet, depending on the office's size and layout, says Gregg Thomas, senior engineer for Lightning Switch.
Pushed to extremes, the characters are often laugh-aloud funny at moments of highest drama, as in Nina Sosanya's lightning switch from overdressed soap actress to truth teller.
Kenilworth needed something to get back and it came in the form of a try from American full-back David Burt following a lightning switch between Jim Middleton, Cathcart and James Peacock.
Peruvian striker Ysrael Zuniga showed neat touches around the edge of the box and was unlucky in the 21st minute when he tricked a defender with a lightning switch of feet and hit the upright.
The cast of four, Eleanor Dennison, Louis Roberts, Umar Ahmed and Luke MacGregor, work their socks off with lightning switches between costumes and characters.
Milam encourages McInnerny's lightning switches between superficial charm and secret villainy.
Harman delights in lightning switches between being jaunty and malicious to deliver a psychopath with a keen edge.
The weather may be schizophrenic in its lightning switches between torrential rain and sunshine, squalls and gale force winds, but this is perfectly normal for June, according to the Meteorological Office.