Thunder meaning

thŭndər
The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.

Thunder is preceded by lightning.

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To make, or move with, a sound like thunder.
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A sound resembling thunder.
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A deep, rumbling noise.

Off in the distance, he heard the thunder of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.

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To produce something with incredible power.
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To produce sounds like thunder.
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Any loud, rumbling sound like this.
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A threatening, menacing, or extremely vehement utterance.
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(archaic) A thunderbolt.
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To produce thunder.
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To make vehement speeches, denunciations, etc.
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To strike, drive, etc. with the sound or violence of thunder.
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An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
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To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally.

It thundered continuously.

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(intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.

The train thundered along the tracks.

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To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
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The crashing or booming sound produced by rapidly expanding air along the path of the electrical discharge of lightning.
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A sound that resembles or suggests thunder.
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To produce thunder.
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The explosive noise that accompanies a stroke of lightning. Thunder is a series of sound waves produced by the rapid expansion of the air through which the lightning passes. Sound travels about 1 km in 3 seconds (about 1 mi in 5 seconds). The distance between an observer and a lightning flash can be calculated by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the thunder.
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(intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.

"Get back to work at once!", he thundered.

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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.

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To say in a thundering voice.
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(figuratively) The spotlight.
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To move while making a loud noise.

The express train thundered past us.

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To utter loud, vociferous remarks or threats.
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To express violently, commandingly, or angrily; roar.
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The sound that follows a flash of lightning, caused by the sudden heating and expansion of air by electrical discharge.
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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
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Origin of thunder

  • Middle English thonder from Old English thunor (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *þunraz, from *þen, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tenhâ‚‚- (“to thunder"). Germanic cognates include West Frisian tonger, Dutch donder, German Donner. Other cognates include Persian تندر (tondar), Latin tonō.

    From Wiktionary