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Definition of thunderous

1a : producing thunder
b : making or accompanied by a noise like thunder thunderous applause

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Other Words from thunderous

thunderously adverb

Examples of thunderous in a Sentence

The audience responded with thunderous applause. the last thunderous chord of the symphony rang throughout the hall
Recent Examples on the Web Rice used a 12-0 run to establish that 12-point lead when guard Payton Moore exploded the baseline for a thunderous dunk that capped the run. Houston Chronicle, "Rice takes down Charlotte as bonus play looms," 15 Feb. 2020 The game also featured a thunderous dunk by Antetokounmpo as Anthony cleared out of the way, one of so many in his career. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Two Giannis moments at Madison Square Garden on his way to superstardom," 5 Apr. 2020 The Eagles got within seven points, making it 47-40 four minutes into the second half, but Toppin scored the next seven points, punctuated with a thunderous dunk, putting the game out of reach. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "The 2020 NCAA tournament that could have been: Can Michigan, MSU advance in Round 1?," 19 Mar. 2020 His thunderous transition dunk over two Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 25 still comes up when discussing Porter’s standout highlights. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Porter Jr.'s rapid rise, from erratic rookie to potential franchise cornerstone, isn’t surprising to Cleveland Cavaliers," 4 Mar. 2020 The 27-year-old — at 6-4 and 225 pounds — plays a physical game, accompanied by strong skating and a thunderous slap shot that has resulted in 13 goals in 150 career NHL games. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stephen Johns could return to the Stars as soon as this week," 17 Jan. 2020 All three thunderous dunks, which sent a raucous crowd into a frenzy. Luis Torres,, "Montverde basketball defeats DeMatha in ESPNU game," 12 Dec. 2019 Harrell then finished a thunderous dunk as he was fouled by Lillard with just over a minute left in the third quarter. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers routed 117-97 by Los Angeles Clippers: Game rewind," 4 Dec. 2019 Perhaps the most surprising element of his game, though, has been the number of thunderous dunks. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Grandpa Paul? Why Nuggets’ Millsap feels rejuvenated in 14th NBA season," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of thunderous

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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7 May 2020

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“Thunderous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thunderous

: making a loud noise like the sound of thunder : very loud

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