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 thundering (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

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Other Words from thunder

Verb

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

Some of these downpours could be accompanied by thunder and lightning as well as strong, gusty winds. Dave Epstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Humidity, showers to dominate the weekend," 5 July 2019 The dense cumulonimbus clouds threatened thunder and lightning. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Bernard Dubb Recognized For Skywarn Service," 28 June 2019 Randomness and Entropy Randomness and quantum theory go together like thunder and lightning. Quanta Magazine, "How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness Generator," 19 June 2019 The reception was held in the Paisano Hotel’s Rock Hudson suite, where the guests mingling on the terrace were startled by a loud clap of thunder and a torrent of rain. Rachel Monroe, New York Times, "One Reluctant Night Out Leads to a Forever Date," 14 June 2019 His main character, Sango is the god of thunder and lightning while his sister is Oya, is the goddess of wind in Yoruba spirituality. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The Congolese storyteller drawing on African mythology and spirituality for his comic books," 2 June 2019 Outside, claps of thunder were heard inside the church sanctuary, where many of those in attendance wore blue in solidarity. Jim Morrison, Washington Post, "Virginia Beach vigil sends a message of ‘unity’," 6 June 2019 The possibility of evening thunder storms already has caused the NCAA to revise Thursday’s time schedule. oregonlive.com, "UO Ducks begin their trophy hunt today at the NCAA Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 5 June 2019 Landspout tornadoes can form with a developing thunderstorm before rain, hail and even thunder is observed, the NWS said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Landspout tornadoes, hail, 70 mph winds and frequent lightning strikes possible," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The last ones thundered through the nation's capital in 1991 when the nation commemorated victories over Iraq. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "'Tanks' a lot: Trump 4th of July celebration isn't first time armored vehicles have rumbled into Washington," 3 July 2019 On June 22, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy will thunder off the launch pad at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. NBC News, "Spacecraft that sail on sunshine could be the next big thing in spaceflight," 3 June 2019 Heads turn as the pounding of feet thunders over the turf. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego Zoo visitors, Sundown Summer Safari gives something extra," 22 June 2019 At one point, the wind whipped through the retractable cover, which thundered even louder than the pounding club music. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Everdene, San Francisco’s newest rooftop bar, joins a crop of spots so hip but oh so cold," 19 June 2019 With morning fog shrouding space launch complex 4-East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Falcon 9 thundered to life at 7:17 a.m. PDT (10:17 EDT), its nine Merlin 1D engines throttling up to full power with a brilliant rush of flame. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 3 satellites to monitor Canadian territory, impact of climate change," 12 June 2019 The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into the early evening sky with a communication satellite called Arabsat, the rocket’s first paying customer. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters," 14 Apr. 2019 Three Muslim clerics denounced Moghrabi in thundering sermons that circulated on Facebook; next came word that the Special Deterrence Force was coming to arrest her. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 Helicopters thundered overhead, broadcasting the race live throughout the Netherlands. Outside Online, "Marianne Vos Is the Boss," 15 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 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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