Definitions for Thunderˈθʌn dər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thun•derˈθʌn dər(n.)

  1. a loud, explosive, resounding noise produced by the explosive expansion of air heated by a lightning discharge.

    Category: Meteorology

  2. any loud, resounding noise:

    the thunder of applause.

  3. (v.i.)to give forth thunder (often used impersonally with it as the subject):

    It thundered all night.

  4. to make a loud, resounding noise like thunder:

    artillery thundering in the hills.

  5. to speak in a very loud or vehement, esp. denunciatory, tone; shout.

  6. (v.t.)to strike, drive, etc., with loud noise or violent action.

  7. to express loudly or vehemently.

Idioms for thunder:

  1. steal someone's thunder, to misappropriate the ideas or inventions of another. to spoil the effect of another's performance, remark, etc., by doing or saying it first.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of thunder:

bef. 900; ME; OE thunor, c. OFris thuner, OS thunar, OHG donar, ON thōrr (cf. Thor )

thun′der•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boom, roar, roaring, thunder(noun)

    a deep prolonged loud noise

  2. thunder(noun)

    a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning

  3. big H, hell dust, nose drops, smack, thunder, skag, scag(verb)

    street names for heroin

  4. thunder(verb)

    move fast, noisily, and heavily

    "The bus thundered down the road"

  5. thunder, roar(verb)

    utter words loudly and forcefully

    "`Get out of here,' he roared"

  6. thunder, boom(verb)

    be the case that thunder is being heard

    "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed"

  7. thunder(verb)

    to make or produce a loud noise

    "The river thundered below"; "The engine roared as the driver pushed the car to full throttle"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thunder(noun)ˈθʌn dər

    the deep loud noise that often comes with lightning during a storm

    the rumble of thunder

  2. thunder(verb)ˈθʌn dər

    to make the sound of thunder

    It was thundering during the storm.

  3. thunderˈθʌn dər

    to move with a very loud noise

    a herd of wild horses thundering past

Wiktionary

  1. thunder(Noun)

    The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.

    Thunder is preceded by lightning.

  2. thunder(Noun)

    A sound resembling thunder.

  3. thunder(Noun)

    A deep, rumbling noise.

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

  4. thunder(Verb)

    To make a noise like thunder.

  5. thunder(Verb)

    To talk with a loud, threatening voice.

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

  6. thunder(Verb)

    To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.

  7. thunder(Verb)

    To produce something with incredible power

  8. Origin: From þunor, from þunraz, from *þen, from (s)ten(ə)-. Compare Persian (tondar).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thunder(noun)

    the sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity

  2. Thunder(noun)

    the discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt

  3. Thunder(noun)

    any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon

  4. Thunder(noun)

    an alarming or statrling threat or denunciation

  5. Thunder(noun)

    to produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally; as, it thundered continuously

  6. Thunder(noun)

    fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance

  7. Thunder(noun)

    to utter violent denunciation

  8. Thunder(verb)

    to emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation

Freebase

  1. Thunder

    Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble. The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder, often referred to as a clap, crack, or peal of thunder. The distance of the lightning can be calculated by the listener based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Thunder

    The violent report which, as we hear it, succeeds the lightning flash in stormy weather. It is really produced simultaneously with the lightning and is supposed to arise from disturbance of the air by the discharge. The rolling noise has been attributed to successive reflections between clouds and earth, and to series of discharges reaching the ear from different distances and through air of varying density. The subject is obscure. By timing the interval from lightning flash to the report of the thunder an approximate estimate of the distance of the seat of discharge can be made. The first sound of the thunder should be timed. An almost concurrence of thunder and lightning indicates immediate proximity of the discharge. [Transcriber's note: The speed of sound at sea level is about 5 seconds per mile.]


Translations for Thunder

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

thunder(noun)

the deep rumbling sound heard in the sky after a flash of lightning

a clap/peal of thunder; a thunderstorm.

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