thun·der·clap | \ˈthən-dər-ˌklap \

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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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 In one memorable lesson, my uncle stood on the porch during a thunderstorm and called us outside to listen to the crash of thunderclaps. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 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. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 2018 The noise was audible for miles, rolling across the countryside like booming thunderclaps in a boot-soaking rainstorm. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Before Justify, there was Eclipse and a horse-racing war between North and South," 19 May 2018 Loser: The thunderclap Iceland fans’ emphatic ritual was silenced in a devastating loss to Nigeria on Friday, as the team teeters on the brink of elimination. Tim Bannon,, "World Cup winners and losers, Week 2: Burger King, own goals, Fox, flaming wallet and more," 25 June 2018 The world is extremely familiar with the gimmick, from supporter hashtags like #RonaldoTears to the viral thunderclap, which has been copied by fans around the world. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Iceland Is Your New Favorite World Cup Team (and They Know It)," 15 June 2018 Gunnarsson also leads Iceland's fans in the thunderclap. Steve Douglas,, "World Cup Countdown: Iceland, the feel-good story looking to surprise again," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of thunderclap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of thunderclap was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderclap

: a very loud, sharp sound of thunder

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