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Definition of thunderclap

1 : a clap of thunder
2 : something sharp, loud, or sudden like a clap of thunder

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Examples of thunderclap in a Sentence

I was awakened by a thunderclap. awakened by the thunderclap of a large branch falling on the roof

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No financial thunderclap announced the start of trouble. James Grant, WSJ, "‘The Panic of 1819’ Review: Easy Money, Bad Decisions," 17 Apr. 2019 The change came like a thunderclap, and from an unexpected source. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 2018 Her triumph here should be a thunderclap for a sport in need of fresh stars. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Naomi Osaka Gets the Last Word," 9 Sep. 2018 Excitable types have called her ruling a thunderclap like the 2001 U.S. win against Microsoft for tying its internet browser to the Windows operating system. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "At the Expense of U.S. Tech, a European Star Is Born," 27 July 2018 France won on a humid night in Russia, with thunderclaps during play and a downpour during the trophy presentation. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Vive le France! And a lot of other nations, too," 15 July 2018 Iceland had to claim their first ever World Cup victory to have a chance of advancing and, urged on by fans chanting their famous Viking thunderclap, almost equalised within minutes. Peter Murphy,, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 Iceland's passionate supporters and their trademark thunderclaps were more entertaining than much of the action on the pitch., "Nigeria 2-0 Iceland: Superb Brace From Musa & Shocking Penalty Miss Give Super Eagles Deserved Win," 22 June 2018 Every 10 minutes or so, a thunderclap rang out and a chunk of ice plummeted from the Margerie’s mile-wide blue face, creating an epic splash. Mark Adams, New York Times, "A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of thunderclap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderclap

: a very loud, sharp sound of thunder

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