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

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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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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 No financial thunderclap announced the start of trouble. James Grant, WSJ, "‘The Panic of 1819’ Review: Easy Money, Bad Decisions," 17 Apr. 2019 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 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, chicagotribune.com, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 Iceland's passionate supporters and their trademark thunderclaps were more entertaining than much of the action on the pitch. SI.com, "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. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 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

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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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thunderclap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thunderclap

: a very loud, sharp sound of thunder

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