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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
Recent Examples on the Web Rough stuff: Charlie McAvoy stepped up on Tom Wilson, dropping both men with a thunderclap that could be heard across the ice, in the media’s digs in the 200 level., 24 May 2021 And wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap before heading back outside. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 The verdict came like a thunderclap, sudden and shocking. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2021 Everywhere and always in Idlib, there is the thunderclap of shelling or the menacing roar of the jets. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2020 Cohl’s hallucinatory shape-shifting was a thunderclap, revealing that animation could be used as more than just a curiosity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2019 The episode reminds us that not all scientific revolutions arrive as a thunderclap — and that quantum supremacy in particular involves more nuance than fits in a headline. Quanta Magazine, 23 Oct. 2019 The sequence, deftly overseen by exhibition organizer Connie Butler (also responsible for the first-rate catalog) and curatorial assistant Vanessa Arizmendi, hits like a thunderclap. Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2019 Mouths crack open with tiny thunderclaps of audible admiration. Wired, 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of thunderclap

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thunderclap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderclap

: a very loud, sharp sound of thunder

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