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  1. Electricity / Lightning

  2. Firefly / Lightning Bug

  3. Thunder

  4. Lightning

  5. Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

  6. God of Thunder


Electricity / Lightning

 diàn
 den
 
Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電 is the title for electricity in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While this character means electric or electricity, it can also be used to mean lightning.


Note: This Kanji is not usually used alone like this in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Electricity / Lightning

 den ki
Electricity / Lightning Scroll

電氣 is the title for electricity in Japanese Kanji.

This can also be used to mean lightning in Japanese.


See Also:  Thunder | Power | Energy | Rain

Firefly / Lightning Bug

 yíng huǒ chóng
Firefly / Lightning Bug Scroll

螢火蟲 is a very verbose Chinese title for a firefly, glowworm, or lightning bug.

The first character, 螢, means firefly or glow-worm by itself. This title adds the character for fire (火) and bug (蟲).

 léi
 rai / kaminari
Thunder Scroll

雷 can mean thunder, lightning, thunderbolt, mine (weapon), or slang for something terrifying or a fit of anger.

Some will say it is the symbol of the god of thunder or the god of lightning.

雷 is also a Chinese surname that romanizes as Lei.

 shǎn diàn
Lightning Scroll

閃電 is the title for lightning in Chinese.

The first character means flash, dodge, or get out of the way. In this case, it's the “flash” meaning. Sometimes this character can be used to mean lightning by itself.

The second character means electricity.


See Also:  Thunder | Rain | Storm

Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack

Tokkan

 tokkan
Bolt of Lightning / Lightning Attack Scroll

突貫 is a Japanese word that can be translated as lightning attack, charge, or rush.

It's about a fast run or attack at the speed of lightning.

God of Thunder

 léi shén
 rai jin
God of Thunder Scroll

雷神 is how to write the Japanese “Thunder God.” They don't really have separate words for thunder and lightning in Japanese, so this is also the “Lightning God.”

雷神 makes sense in Chinese (though not a common title).

This is also the origin of the English name Raiden.




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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


see styles
diàn
    dian4
tien
 hikaru
    ひかる

More info & calligraphy:

Electricity / Lightning
lightning; electricity; electric (bound form); to get (or give) an electric shock; phone call or telegram etc; to send via telephone or telegram etc
(out-dated kanji) lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt; (female given name) Hikaru
Lightning, symbolizes the impermanent and transient.

雷除け

see styles
 kaminariyoke; raiyoke
    かみなりよけ; らいよけ
(1) lightning rod; lightning conductor; lightning arrester; (2) charm that protects one from lightning

稲妻

see styles
 inazuma
    いなづま
lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt; (surname) Inazuma

電影


电影

see styles
diàn yǐng
    dian4 ying3
tien ying
 denei / dene
    でんえい
movie; film; CL:部[bu4],片[pian4],幕[mu4],場|场[chang3]
(1) (in Chinese) (See 映画) movie; film; (2) (obsolete) lightning
Impermanence of all things like lightning and shadow.

電光石火


电光石火

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diàn guāng shí huǒ
    dian4 guang1 shi2 huo3
tien kuang shih huo
 denkousekka / denkosekka
    でんこうせっか
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) flash; instant; lightning (speed)
Lightning and flint-fire, transient.

Variations:
稲妻(P)
電(oK)

see styles
 inazuma(p); inazuma
    いなずま(P); いなづま
lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt

Variations:
稲妻(P)
電(rK)

see styles
 inazuma(p); inazuma
    いなずま(P); いなづま
lightning; flash of lightning; lightning bolt

see styles
léi
    lei2
lei
 kaminari(p); ikazuchi; ikazuchi(ok); rai
    かみなり(P); いかずち; いかづち(ok); らい

More info & calligraphy:

Thunder
thunder; (bound form) (military) mine, as in 地雷[di4 lei2] land mine; (coll.) to shock; to stun; to astound; (Tw) (coll.) spoiler; (Tw) (coll.) to reveal plot details to (sb)
(1) lightning; thunder; thunderbolt; (2) (かみなり only) god of thunder; god of lightning; (3) (かみなり only) anger; fit of anger; (surname, female given name) Rai
garjita, thunder, thundering.

閃電


闪电

see styles
shǎn diàn
    shan3 dian4
shan tien
 senden
    せんでん

More info & calligraphy:

Lightning
lightning; CL:道[dao4]
flash of lightning

如電


如电

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rú diàn
    ru2 dian4
ju tien
 nyoden
    にょでん
(given name) Nyoden
like lightning.

落雷

see styles
 rakurai
    らくらい
(n,vs,vi) lightning strike; lightning bolt

襲雷

see styles
 shuurai / shurai
    しゅうらい
lightning strike; lightning bolt

雷火

see styles
 raika
    らいか
(1) flash of lightning; (2) fire caused by lightning

雷電


雷电

see styles
léi diàn
    lei2 dian4
lei tien
 raiden
    らいでん
thunder and lightning
thunder and lightning; (g,p) Raiden

電光


电光

see styles
diàn guāng
    dian4 guang1
tien kuang
 denkou / denko
    でんこう
electric light; lightning; electro-optical
(1) lightning; (2) electric illumination; light from an electric source
flash of lighting

避雷針


避雷针

see styles
bì léi zhēn
    bi4 lei2 zhen1
pi lei chen
 hiraishin
    ひらいしん
lightning rod
lightning rod

閃電光


闪电光

see styles
shǎn diàn guāng
    shan3 dian4 guang1
shan tien kuang
 sendenkō
Lightning-flashing, therefore awe-inspiring.

如露亦如電


如露亦如电

see styles
rú lù yì rú diàn
    ru2 lu4 yi4 ru2 dian4
ju lu i ju tien
 nyoroyakunyoden
    にょろやくにょでん
{Buddh} existence (as we perceive it) is as mutable and incorporeal as is the morning dew or a flash of lightning
like dew, also like lightning


see styles
yíng
    ying2
ying
 hotaru
    ほたる

More info & calligraphy:

Firefly / Glow Worm
firefly; glow-worm
(out-dated kanji) (kana only) firefly (Luciola cruciata); lightning bug; glowworm; (surname, female given name) Hotaru
a firefly

螢火蟲


萤火虫

see styles
yíng huǒ chóng
    ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo ch`ung
    ying huo chung

More info & calligraphy:

Firefly / Lightning Bug
firefly; glowworm; lightning bug

see styles
yíng
    ying2
ying
 hotaru
    ほたる
Japanese variant of 螢|萤
(kana only) firefly (Luciola cruciata); lightning bug; glowworm; (female given name) Hotaru


see styles
shǎn
    shan3
shan
 sen
    せん
to dodge; to duck out of the way; to beat it; shaken (by a fall); to sprain; to pull a muscle; lightning; spark; a flash; to flash (across one's mind); to leave behind; (Internet slang) (of a display of affection) "dazzlingly" saccharine
(female given name) Sen
Flash; get out of the way.

九喩

see styles
jiǔ yú
    jiu3 yu2
chiu yü
 kuyu
The nine similes: stars, eye-film, lamp, prestidigitation, dew, bubble, dream, lightning, cloud. There is also another group.

六喩

see styles
liù yù
    liu4 yu4
liu yü
 rokuyu
    ろくゆ
(personal name) Rokuyu
The six illustrations of unreality Diamond Sutra: a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning. Also 六如.

六如

see styles
liù rú
    liu4 ru2
liu ju
 rokunyo
The six 'likes' or comparisons, like a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, dew, and lightning, v. 六喩.

列缺

see styles
liè quē
    lie4 que1
lieh ch`üeh
    lieh chüeh
lightning (archaic word)

劃破


划破

see styles
huá pò
    hua2 po4
hua p`o
    hua po
to cut open; to rip; to streak across (lightning, meteor etc); to pierce (scream, searchlight etc)

劃過


划过

see styles
huá guò
    hua2 guo4
hua kuo
(of a meteor etc) to streak across (the sky); (of a searchlight, lightning etc) to play across (the sky)

劈手

see styles
pī shǒu
    pi1 shou3
p`i shou
    pi shou
with a lightning move of the hand

幕電

see styles
 makuden
    まくでん
sheet lightning

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Electricity
Lightning

dendiàn / dian4 / diantien
Electricity
Lightning
電氣
電気
den ki / denki
Firefly
Lightning Bug
螢火蟲
萤火虫
yíng huǒ chóng
ying2 huo3 chong2
ying huo chong
yinghuochong
ying huo ch`ung
yinghuochung
ying huo chung
Thunderrai / kaminariléi / lei2 / lei
Lightning閃電
闪电
shǎn diàn
shan3 dian4
shan dian
shandian
shan tien
shantien
Bolt of Lightning
Lightning Attack
突貫tokkan / tokan
God of Thunder雷神rai jin / raijinléi shén / lei2 shen2 / lei shen / leishen
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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