- The definition of thunder is a loud rumbling sound that follows a flash of lightning, and is caused by the heating of air in an electrical discharge.
An example of thunder is the sound that happens after a strike of lightning during an electrical storm.
thunder definition by Webster's New World
- the sound that follows a flash of lightning, caused by the sudden heating and expansion of air by electrical discharge
- any loud, rumbling sound like this
- a threatening, menacing, or extremely vehement utterance
- Archaic a thunderbolt
Origin: Middle English thuner, thunder (with unhistoric -d-) ; from Old English thunor, akin to German donner ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)ten-, loud rustling, deep noise from source Old Norse Thorr, Thor, Classical Greek stenein, to moan, Classical Latin tonare, to thunder
- to produce thunder: usually in the impersonal construction [it is thundering]
- to make, or move with, a sound like thunder
- to make vehement speeches, denunciations, etc.
- to say in a thundering voice
- to strike, drive, etc. with the sound or violence of thunder
- thunderer noun
thunder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The crashing or booming sound produced by rapidly expanding air along the path of the electrical discharge of lightning.
- A sound that resembles or suggests thunder.
- To produce thunder.
- To produce sounds like thunder.
- To utter loud, vociferous remarks or threats.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English thunor; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots.
- thunˈder·er noun
thunder - Ologies & -Isms Definition
thunder - Cultural Definition
The noise created when air rushes back into a region from which it has been expelled by the passage of lightning.
thunder - Phrases/Idioms
steal someone's thunder
- to use someone's ideas or methods without permission and without giving credit
- to lessen the effectiveness of someone's statement or action by using or doing it before that person
thunder - Science Definition