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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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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 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 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

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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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