thunderbolt

noun thun·der·bolt \ -ˌbōlt \

Definition of thunderbolt

1 a : a single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunder
b : an imaginary elongated mass cast as a missile to earth in the lightning flash
2 a : a person or thing that resembles lightning in suddenness, effectiveness, or destructive power
b : a vehement threat or censure

Examples of thunderbolt in a Sentence

  1. He was struck dead by a thunderbolt.

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First Known Use of thunderbolt

15th century


THUNDERBOLT Defined for English Language Learners

thunderbolt

noun

Definition of thunderbolt for English Language Learners

  • : a flash of lightning that makes a loud sound of thunder and that hits someone or something


THUNDERBOLT Defined for Kids

thunderbolt

noun thun·der·bolt \ ˈthən-dər-ˌbōlt \

Definition of thunderbolt for Students

: a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows it


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