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thunder

noun thun·der \ ˈthən-dər \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of thunder

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

Examples of thunder in a Sentence

  1. Her dog is afraid of thunder.

  2. Lightning flashed and thunder boomed.

  3. Suddenly there was a loud clap of thunder.

  4. We could hear the rumble of thunder in the distance.

  5. the thunder of horses' hooves

  6. the distant thunder of cannon fire

  7. She accepted the award to a thunder of applause.

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Origin and Etymology of thunder

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


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thunder

verb

Definition of thunder

thundered; thundering play \ˈthən-d(ə-)riŋ\
1 a : 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
1 : to utter loudly : roar
2 : to strike with a sound likened to thunder

thunderer

play \ˈthən-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of thunder in a Sentence

  1. The sky thundered and the rain poured down.

  2. It was raining and thundering all night.

  3. Guns thundered in the distance.

  4. Horses thundered down the road.

  5. Trucks thundered past on the highway.

  6. “How dare you come into my house!” he thundered.

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First Known Use of thunder

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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THUNDER Defined for English Language Learners

thunder

Definition of thunder for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of thunder for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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thunder

noun thun·der \ ˈthən-dər \

Definition of thunder for Students

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

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thunder

verb

Definition of thunder for Students

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


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