thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ˈthən-dər \

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 \

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

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Other Words from thunder

Verb

thunderer \ ˈthən-​dər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for thunder

Synonyms: Verb

bellow, boom, growl, roar

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Outdoor rides, including Epcot's Test Track, Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Animal Kingdom's Expedition Everest, will close for thunder, lightening, or severe stormy conditions. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Only True Disney World Fanatics Will Ace This Quiz," 13 July 2018 His second home run was a no-doubter – a thunder-clap crack of the bat that brought St. Augustine fans to their feet and Hermits players out of the dugout in celebration. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Kenny Levari powers St. Augustine past Bishop Eustace in playoff game," 1 June 2018 There are few things more thrilling than having a wild adult tom turkey thunder a gobble in reply to your imitation of a hen. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018 Six guys in big boots and blue-collar work clothes tap-thunder their way through intricately choreographed routines with props (including basketballs and water), while women blast away on percussion instruments. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Just announced: What Broadway shows head to Charlotte next? Here’s the ’18-19 season | Charlotte Observer," 18 Mar. 2018 Blue Marble had initially planned to begin tours this May, but inclement weather, in the form of thunder and lightning storms, caused some unexpected delays. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "You’ll Have to Wait Until 2019 for That $100,000 Tour of the Titanic Wreckage," 7 June 2018 But from the festival’s point of view, those too-early reviews were stealing too much thunder and raining too heavily on the parade. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Cannes 2018 Opens with a Middling Movie But a Killer Jury," 9 May 2018 Wednesday will see showers off-and-on throughout the day and stronger showers in the afternoon which could also include thunder and hail. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Wednesday weather: Spotty showers with possible thunder this afternoon," 14 Mar. 2018 When thunder rumbled and lightning struck, the visibly-startled officer leaped right back into the vehicle. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Video: Lightning strikes right behind Florida police officer," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The bomber in the video is apparently the second plane in a two-ship formation (the first aircraft is briefly visible on the ground, and a smoke trail is visible in front as our bomber thunders down the runway). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a B-52 Bomber Take Off From Guam on a Practice Bombing Run," 5 Sep. 2018 And the orchestral score, with particular emphasis on floaty woodwinds, choral arrangements, and thundering drums, preserves the fantasy-battling tone of a good Dota 2 session while also dialing back on drama or bombast. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Exclusive: Valve walks us through Artifact’s new demo, leaves us wanting more," 31 Aug. 2018 Despite carbon-dioxide suppression and water-misting equipment, the fire spread to a garage area, where cars burned and explosions thundered. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: Puerto Rico ship fire revealed maintenance problems, poor crew training," 5 June 2018 In a statement released Monday Jarrett said that Knight, who thundered onto the Houston restaurant scene with Feast and later distinguished himself at his own Hunky Dory restaurant, has left to focus on his family and filmmaking. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Harold’s in Heights loses its new chef," 4 June 2018 The park Wednesday released a video taken during and after the storm that shows thundering Horsetail, Sentinel and Upper Yosemite waterfalls. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Video: Here's what Yosemite's recent flooding looked like. Oh, those thundering waterfalls," 12 Apr. 2018 On Saturday, that voice may never have thundered louder as Lewis spoke before thousands gathered at the start of an immigration rally in Atlanta. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Civil rights icon John Lewis: 'We are all one people, one family'," 30 June 2018 As Gordon, Allen thunders on stage and creates very nice chemistry with Denise, who is excellent as Gordon’s soft-hearted ex-wife Sarah, and with the other actors. Patti Restivo, Howard County Times, "Laurel Mill Playhouse presents 'Laughing Stock'," 6 July 2018 The Italian and French fleets played a major role in shaping grand strategy, even if their guns rarely thundered. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘World War II at Sea’ Review: A History Written in Water," 18 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for thunder

thunder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the very loud sound that comes from the sky during a storm : the sound that follows a flash of lightning

: a loud noise that sounds like thunder

thunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce thunder

: to make a loud sound like the sound of thunder

: to move in a way that makes a very loud sound

thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ˈthən-dər \

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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