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thunderbolt

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noun thun·der·bolt \-ˌbōlt\

Simple Definition of thunderbolt

  • : a flash of lightning that makes a loud sound of thunder and that hits someone or something

Full Definition of thunderbolt

  1. 1a :  a single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunderb :  an imaginary elongated mass cast as a missile to earth in the lightning flash

  2. 2a :  a person or thing that resembles lightning in suddenness, effectiveness, or destructive powerb :  a vehement threat or censure

Examples of thunderbolt

  1. He was struck dead by a thunderbolt.



15th Century

First Known Use of thunderbolt

15th century

Rhymes with thunderbolt


THUNDERBOLT Defined for Kids

thunderbolt

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noun thun·der·bolt \ˈthən-dər-ˌbōlt\

Definition of thunderbolt

  1. :  a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows it




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