thunderclap

noun
thun·​der·​clap | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌklap How to pronounce thunderclap (audio) \

Definition of thunderclap

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

Examples of thunderclap in a Sentence

I was awakened by a thunderclap. awakened by the thunderclap of a large branch falling on the roof
Recent Examples on the Web The Warriors are a notorious third-quarter thunderclap outfit. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 6 June 2022 On the warmest day of the tournament, with the temperature at 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius), just a few puffs of white in the blue sky at the outset turned into thick, foreboding gray clouds by the second set, accompanied by a thunderclap. Howard Fendrich, Chicago Tribune, 4 June 2022 On the warmest day of the tournament, with the temperature at 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 Celsius), just a few puffs of white in the blue sky at the outset turned into thick, foreboding gray clouds by the second set, accompanied by a thunderclap. Howard Fendrich, Sun Sentinel, 4 June 2022 The Concorde produced a maximum sound of 105 decibels, equivalent to a thunderclap. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 May 2022 Cranked to the max, the Gen 2 is capable of hitting 120 decibels—as loud as a thunderclap. Gabriela Aoun, Outside Online, 10 Nov. 2021 The book was an intellectual thunderclap and the reaction was fierce. Michael Samaritano, National Review, 22 Sep. 2021 Then, as suddenly as a thunderclap, silence fell on the battlefield. Sam Kiley, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 But the whole of Jane Campion's sparse, bristling Western noir (in select theaters Nov. 17, on Netflix Dec. 1) can't really be seen or understood until the final thunderclap frame. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of thunderclap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jun 2022

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“Thunderclap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thunderclap. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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