- 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.
- 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 of thunderMiddle 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
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
- 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.
verbthun·dered, thun·der·ing, thun·ders
- To produce thunder.
- To produce sounds like thunder.
- To move while making a loud noise: The express train thundered past us.
- To utter loud, vociferous remarks or threats.
Origin of thunderMiddle English thonder, from Old English thunor; see (s)ten&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural thunders)
- The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
- Thunder is preceded by lightning.
- A sound resembling thunder.
- A deep, rumbling noise.
- Off in the distance, he heard the thunder of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
- An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
- (figuratively) The spotlight.
(third-person singular simple present thunders, present participle thundering, simple past and past participle thundered)
- To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally.
- It thundered continuously.
- (intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.
- The train thundered along the tracks.
- (intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
- "Get back to work at once!", he thundered.
- To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
- To produce something with incredible power