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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 Everywhere and always in Idlib, there is the thunderclap of shelling or the menacing roar of the jets. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Inside embattled Idlib province: A Syrian offensive wreaks terror on children," 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, "The Surprise and Wonder of Early Animation," 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, "Google and IBM Clash Over Milestone Quantum Computing Experiment," 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, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 Mouths crack open with tiny thunderclaps of audible admiration. Wired, "Depth of Field: Jennifer Lopez Once Again Enchants in a Viral Versace Dress," 26 Sep. 2019 Hardly anyone heard the recent thunderclap in the stock market. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Can the spurned oil sector stage a comeback with investors?," 6 Sep. 2019 Sonic booms, which sound similar to an explosion or thunderclap, occur when objects such as supersonic aircraft travel faster than the speed of sound. Arnaud Siad And Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Woman arrested after RAF jets escort passenger plane back to London," 23 June 2019 Franz Wagner and his family scheduled an official visit to Ann Arbor for the third week of May. Then the thunderclap. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Michigan rallied to save Franz Wagner's recruitment, after John Beilein left," 22 May 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderclap

: a very loud, sharp sound of thunder

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