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

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Other Words from thunder

Verb

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

Synonyms for thunder

Synonyms: Verb

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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 In North Park and Hillcrest rain began to fall shortly after the rumble, and there was speculation that maybe a freakish clap of thunder was the culprit. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 And then sitting in those stands as the delegation, Secretary Albright, Kim Jong Il, walked in the stadium and hear the incredible roar and thunder of the applause. CBS News, 9 June 2021 Cotton-wool clouds hang low in the sky, and thunder rumbles softly, like elephants trumpeting in the distance. Jane Broughton, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 May 2021 Day 1 on Wednesday was shortened due to thunder delays, which pushed multiple events, including the 3,200-meter run, to Saturday. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, 29 May 2021 But when the thunder pealed and a gathering storm delivered on its dark threat Friday night, Washington’s official measuring station at Reagan National Airport seemed to be in just the right spot to gauge it. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 And next year will be different without the Golden Globes, which generally air in early January, stealing some of the Oscars thunder. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 Loki was ideated as the foil to Chris Hemsworth’s brawny, heroic Thor, meant to give the thunder god a reason to team up with the human Avengers on earth. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 21 May 2021 Early Thursday in Gaza City, orange flashes lighted up the sky, as the thunder of heavy bombardment drowned out the morning call to prayer. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb John Noble of Fringe fame will voice king of the Norse gods Odin, Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy on Game of Thrones) will voice thunder god Thor, and Paterson Joseph (Timeless) will voice trickster Loki. Nick Romano, EW.com, 10 June 2021 The danger was imminent, the Weather Service said, because the heavy rains could create torrents of mud and dead tree limbs that could thunder down the slopes and sweep into communities, with devastating effects. Henry Fountain New York Times, Star Tribune, 18 Sep. 2020 The danger was imminent, the Weather Service said, because the heavy rains could create torrents of mud and dead tree limbs that could thunder down the slopes and sweep into communities, with devastating effects. Henry Fountain, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2020 Fairfax County Public Schools published the data on its website in early June, just as the protests over the killing of George Floyd were beginning to thunder throughout America. Washington Post, 2 July 2020 Those high ridges see nearly 15 feet of rainfall each year, all of which thunders more than 3,500 feet to the sea in less than six miles. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 27 May 2020 Horns thundered with cumbia music at Las Lomas Irving Banquet Halls during a quinceañera show on Sunday, March 15. Carmina Tiscareño, Dallas News, 20 Mar. 2020 Sergei Romanov, a cleric in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg, also weighed in, thundering against restrictions on public gatherings, including church services, as part of a satanic plot aided by Jews. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 5 May 2020 Created by Jordan Mechner a couple of years earlier in 1989 for the Apple II, the MS-DOS port of PoP came thundering onto shelves near the end of 1990, just as the Apple II platform was gasping its last breath as a viable gaming platform. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 30 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of thunder was before the 12th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Thunder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thunder. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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