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.

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Because two warm bodies surround the peninsula, and the sea breeze brings hot air inland, towering thunderclouds form. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Lightning strike kills two giraffes at Florida zoo," 12 June 2019 Gupta wondered if that property could be used to calculate how much energy the thunderclouds contained. Adam Mann, National Geographic, "Most powerful electrical storm on record detected," 23 Apr. 2019 One set of landscapes shows the sublime, such as Joseph Mallord William Turner’s etching of the Scottish Highlands with roiling thunderclouds. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Extreme Nature!’ Review: Horror and Beauty in the World Around Us," 13 Nov. 2018 As a thundercloud begins to darken and swell, its chilly innards host a churning jumble of ice particles. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "A Crash Course in Summer Thunderstorms," 27 June 2018 Things cleared out on the third day, and temperatures rose to the upper 80s as thunderclouds developed in the afternoon and evening. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "PM Update: Heat advisory issued for Sunday as high temperatures approach the triple digits.," 30 June 2018 Fountains of air surge upward inside the growing thundercloud and push the tiniest ice crystals upward, but the larger ice pellets continue to fall, so there are constant collisions. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "A Crash Course in Summer Thunderstorms," 27 June 2018 The turquoise sky, the confetti-speckled purple thunderclouds, the simmering red mountains on the horizon, the acid green grass, along with the stripes and polka dots worn by two Native American women, are all a party for the eyes. Cate Mcquaid,, "At PEM, T.C. Cannon’s paintings exult and reproach," 21 Mar. 2018 Then a one-man thundercloud named Phil Gramm rained on McCain's Main Street parade. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of thundercloud

: a large, dark cloud that produces lightning and thunder


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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