thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ ˈthən-dər How to pronounce thunder (audio) \

Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the sound that follows a flash of lightning and is caused by sudden expansion of the air in the path of the electrical discharge
2 : bang, rumble the thunder of big guns
3 : a loud utterance or threat

thunder

verb
thundered; thundering\ ˈthən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce thunder (audio) \

Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to produce thunder usually used impersonally it thundered
b : to give forth a sound that resembles thunder horses thundered down the road
2 : roar, shout

transitive verb

1 : to utter loudly : roar
2 : to strike with a sound likened to thunder

Other Words from thunder

Verb

thunderer \ ˈthən-​dər-​ər How to pronounce thunder (audio) \ noun

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Examples of thunder in a Sentence

Noun Her dog is afraid of thunder. Lightning flashed and thunder boomed. Suddenly there was a loud clap of thunder. We could hear the rumble of thunder in the distance. the thunder of horses' hooves the distant thunder of cannon fire She accepted the award to a thunder of applause. Verb The sky thundered and the rain poured down. It was raining and thundering all night. Guns thundered in the distance. Horses thundered down the road. Trucks thundered past on the highway. “How dare you come into my house!” he thundered. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The blaze began Friday night when lightning struck a storage tank during a thunder storm, and the fire spread to a second tank early Saturday, triggering a series of explosions, officials have said. Andrea RodrÍguez, ajc, 7 Aug. 2022 As the afternoon wears on, though, remember to head indoors if thunder roars. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 In February 2021, Waltz and Morocco heard the thunder of a nearby collision. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 But the McKinney fire, just south of the Oregon border, generated four separate thunder and lightning storms within its first 24 hours alone. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2022 The intense McKinney fire in Northern California is producing its own weather, generating four thunder and lightning storms just in its first 24 hours. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 3 Aug. 2022 But the McKinney fire, which erupted Friday, generated four separate thunder and lightning storms within its first 24 hours alone. Corinne Purtill, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2022 It’s there where this decision should reverberate like a thunder clap. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 The mountains and deserts also could experience thunder showers on Saturday and Sunday when monsoonal moisture flows into the region from Mexico and Arizona. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What caused a pinnacle of the glacier to break off and thunder down the slope at a speed estimated by experts at nearly 200 mph, wasn’t immediately known. Frances D'emilio, Chicago Tribune, 4 July 2022 What caused a pinnacle of the glacier to break off and thunder down the slope at a speed estimated by experts at some 300 kph (nearly 200 mph), wasn’t immediately known. al, 4 July 2022 What caused a pinnacle of the glacier to break off and thunder down the slope at a speed estimated by experts at some 300 kph (nearly 200 mph), wasn't immediately known. Frances D'emilio, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2022 It’s not often that Southcentral Alaska residents wake to thunder in the middle of the night. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2022 Florida continued to thunder away, scoring three in the fifth for a 7-1 lead. oregonlive, 2 June 2022 Still, Starks, who works as a hunting guide seasonally and on a ranch the rest of the year, has never seen anything like 150,000 people yelling and screaming as the horses thunder down the stretch of the most exciting two minutes in sports. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Unyielding, visceral, imaginative, and rendered with galvanic precision, the poems thunder along through gritty geographies of place and psyche, revealing the ruptures created by divides in both. oregonlive, 6 Apr. 2022 In luge, athletes thunder down the track at more than 80 mph lying on their back, feet first, on a small sled. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of thunder

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for thunder

Noun

Middle English thoner, thunder, from Old English thunor; akin to Old High German thonar thunder, Latin tonare to thunder

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12 Aug 2022

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“Thunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thunder. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for thunder

thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ ˈthən-dər How to pronounce thunder (audio) \

Kids Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the loud sound that follows a flash of lightning
2 : a loud noise the thunder of drums

thunder

verb
thundered; thundering

Kids Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to produce thunder
2 : to make a loud sound
3 : roar entry 1 sense 1, shout The audience thundered its approval.

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