thun·​der·​cloud | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌklau̇d How to pronounce thundercloud (audio) \

Definition of thundercloud

: a cloud charged with electricity and producing lightning and thunder

Examples of thundercloud in a Sentence

We watched the gathering thunderclouds.
Recent Examples on the Web That thought bubble then dogs the movie like a dumb, fat thundercloud. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 Custardy but dense with mystery, charged with spice and sweetness and a telltale hint of iron, the dish is a thundercloud of texture and flavor. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The schoolbook picture is that, inside a thundercloud, hail falls as lighter ice crystals rise. Thomas Lewton, Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 For decades, a good word in one of their columns was the syrup on a mogul’s pancakes; a bad one meant a thundercloud over Burbank. The New Yorker, 28 June 2021 Her gesture cut through the dispiriting circumstances, like a ray of sun through a dark thundercloud. Spencer Case, National Review, 20 Feb. 2020 For hundreds of millions of years, thunderclouds and their lightning have been natural partners to fire. Matt Simon, Wired, 6 Jan. 2020 Though lightning had been suspected to play a role, the thundercloud energies observed in previous experiments were not great enough to explain the terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Adam Mann, National Geographic, 23 Apr. 2019 Spall’s Turner is irascible and uncommunicative, seemingly a thundercloud charged with negativity. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 14 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of thundercloud

1697, in the meaning defined above

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“Thundercloud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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thun·​der·​cloud | \ ˈthən-dər-ˌklau̇d How to pronounce thundercloud (audio) \

Kids Definition of thundercloud

: a dark storm cloud that produces lightning and thunder


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