thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ ˈthən-dər How to pronounce thunder (audio) \

Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the sound that follows a flash of lightning and is caused by sudden expansion of the air in the path of the electrical discharge
2 : bang, rumble the thunder of big guns
3 : a loud utterance or threat

thunder

verb
thundered; thundering\ ˈthən-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce thundering (audio) \

Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to produce thunder usually used impersonallyit thundered
b : to give forth a sound that resembles thunder horses thundered down the road
2 : roar, shout

transitive verb

1 : to utter loudly : roar
2 : to strike with a sound likened to thunder

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Verb

thunderer \ ˈthən-​dər-​ər How to pronounce thunderer (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of thunder in a Sentence

Noun Her dog is afraid of thunder. Lightning flashed and thunder boomed. Suddenly there was a loud clap of thunder. We could hear the rumble of thunder in the distance. the thunder of horses' hooves the distant thunder of cannon fire She accepted the award to a thunder of applause. Verb The sky thundered and the rain poured down. It was raining and thundering all night. Guns thundered in the distance. Horses thundered down the road. Trucks thundered past on the highway. “How dare you come into my house!” he thundered.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shelton then stole her thunder (literally) by hitting his steal button. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'The Voice': Blake Shelton made everyone cry with his sweet words about 'magical' singer," 8 Oct. 2019 The Chelsea striker then had her thunder well and truly stolen by Fara Williams. SI.com, "6 Things You Can Expect to See During the Remainder of the 2019/20 WSL Season," 21 Sep. 2019 In the first, Greg (Colin Hanks) tries to steal Matt’s (Thomas Sadoski) thunder during a family trip to the Bahamas. Ed Stockly, latimes.com, "What’s on TV Thursday: The season finale of ‘Life in Pieces’ on CBS," 26 June 2019 The larger coverage of storms should move east by the afternoon, but there is still a chance for showers and a rumble of thunder. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Shower chances possible for Labor Day, cold front follows," 1 Sep. 2019 Especially deep thunder can be heard in this video. oregonlive, "Lightning strikes abound in Portland area: Your videos, photos," 29 Aug. 2019 Tevin Coleman’s high ankle sprain pretty much clears the deck for Breida, who just has to worry about the outside chance of Raheem Mostert stealing his thunder. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football Week 2 lineups: Start Odell Beckham Jr. and sit David Montgomery," 10 Sep. 2019 The tech simulates lightning, thunder, rain, fog, even explosions and the low rumble of a passing car’s engine. John Meyer, The Know, "Colorado Parks and Wildlife will begin issuing 2019 hunting reservations later this month," 6 Aug. 2019 One of the first players, Tracy Murray, mused to the CBC that fans inadvertently waved their thunder sticks when the Raptors were at the free throw line, distracting instead of supporting them. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Toronto immigrants, Raptors’ rise to NBA Finals is personal," 29 May 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An apartment near Massachusetts General Hospital seemed promising enough, until, during a brief peek into the bedroom, a Red Line train thundered by the window. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Soul-crushing. Demoralizing. My tortured odyssey to find an apartment in Boston," 30 Aug. 2019 Not to be confused with most valuable player, which is still thundering defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "DeSean Jackson Adds Value to the Eagles' Downfield Passing Attack," 15 Aug. 2019 On June 9, 2018, a colt named Justify thundered home to the full-throated cheers of a capacity crowd to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and claim horse racing’s Triple Crown, one of the most storied achievements in sports. Joe Drape, SFChronicle.com, "Justify won Triple Crown after failing a drug test," 11 Sep. 2019 The set thundered to a close with a volley of fireworks lighting up the beach as the siblings huddled for some hugs. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Jonas Brothers Rock New Jersey's Stone Pony With 'Sucker,' 'Only Human' at 2019 MTV VMAs: Watch," 26 Aug. 2019 Since the fall of communism the city has slowly come to terms with the decline and closure of many of the mines that had thundered and churned since Winkler’s time. The Economist, "How the capital of Poland’s coal belt is reinventing itself," 5 Sep. 2019 And all that’s left to be heard are Lars Ulrich’s drums thundering over the precise acoustic work of the large symphony orchestra that surrounds the four men. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Metallica: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at S&M2 concerts," 4 Sep. 2019 Pukki opened the scoring just after half the hour, thundering home a volley after a weak clearing header from Newcastle's captain Jamaal Lascelles. SI.com, "Norwich 3-1 Newcastle: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Pukki Hat-Trick Earns Canaries First Win," 17 Aug. 2019 From thundering pyroclastic flows to scorching rivers of lava, volcanoes are famed for their furious fireworks. Ben Simons, National Geographic, "Volcanoes blow smoke rings. Now we know how they do it.," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of thunder

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for thunder

Noun

Middle English thoner, thunder, from Old English thunor; akin to Old High German thonar thunder, Latin tonare to thunder

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of thunder was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for thunder

thunder

noun
How to pronounce thunder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the very loud sound that comes from the sky during a storm : the sound that follows a flash of lightning
: a loud noise that sounds like thunder

thunder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce thunder
: to make a loud sound like the sound of thunder
: to move in a way that makes a very loud sound

thunder

noun
thun·​der | \ ˈthən-dər How to pronounce thunder (audio) \

Kids Definition of thunder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the loud sound that follows a flash of lightning
2 : a loud noise the thunder of drums

thunder

verb
thundered; thundering

Kids Definition of thunder (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to produce thunder
2 : to make a loud sound
3 : roar entry 1 sense 1, shout The audience thundered its approval.

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