lightning rod definition

  • noun:
    • A grounded material rod placed on top of a structure to avoid damage by conducting lightning into floor.
    • the one that attracts and absorbs effective, typically unfavorable emotions and responses, therefore diverting interest from other problems: "[His] business dealings have become a lightning pole for criticism” ( Walter Shapiro).
    • A metallic conductor that is mounted on a top point of a building and causes the bottom and shields the building from harm by lightning
    • an individual or thing which a target for negative reactions and distracts critique from another target.
    • a metallic pole create on a building, or from the mast of a vessel, and connected with the planet earth or water below, for the true purpose of safeguarding the building or vessel from lightning.
    • A pointed, insulated metallic pole erected to guard a building or a vessel from lightning; a lightning-conductor. ;
    • a metallic conductor that's attached with increased point and contributes to the bottom; shields the building from destruction by lightning
    • a person who is a frequent target of negative responses and serves to distract attention from another

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