What does thunder mean?

Definitions for thunder
ˈθʌn dərthun·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word thunder.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. boom, roar, roaring, thundernoun

    a deep prolonged loud noise

  2. thundernoun

    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, scagverb

    street names for heroin

  4. thunderverb

    move fast, noisily, and heavily

    "The bus thundered down the road"

  5. thunder, roarverb

    utter words loudly and forcefully

    "`Get out of here,' he roared"

  6. thunder, boomverb

    be the case that thunder is being heard

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

  7. thunderverb

    to make or produce a loud noise

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

Wiktionary

  1. thundernoun

    The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.

    Thunder is preceded by lightning.

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

  2. thundernoun

    A sound resembling thunder.

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

  3. thundernoun

    A deep, rumbling noise.

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

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

  4. thunderverb

    To make a noise like thunder.

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

  5. thunderverb

    To talk with a loud, threatening voice.

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

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

  6. thunderverb

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

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

  7. thunderverb

    To produce something with incredible power

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thundernoun

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

  2. Thundernoun

    the discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt

  3. Thundernoun

    any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon

  4. Thundernoun

    an alarming or statrling threat or denunciation

  5. Thundernoun

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

  6. Thundernoun

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

  7. Thundernoun

    to utter violent denunciation

  8. Thunderverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thunder

    thun′dėr, n. the deep rumbling sound after a flash of lightning, a thunderbolt: any loud noise: an alarming denunciation.—v.i. to make thunder: to sound as thunder.—v.t. to give out with noise and terror: to publish a denunciation.—ns. Thun′derbolt, a bolt or shaft of lightning preceding a peal of thunder: anything sudden and irresistible: a daring or irresistible hero: ecclesiastical denunciation; Thun′der-clap, a sudden peal of thunder: the report of an explosion of electricity in the clouds; Thun′der-cloud, a cloud charged with electricity, which generally produces lightning and thunder; Thun′derer; Thun′dering, the report of a discharge of electricity in the clouds: thunder.—adj. unusually big, tremendous.—adv. Thun′deringly.—adjs. Thun′derless, without thunder; Thun′der-like (Shak.), like thunder, as a loud noise; Thun′derous, giving forth a sound like thunder, awful.—adv. Thun′derously.—ns. Thun′der-peal, a clap of thunder; Thun′der-plump, a heavy fall of rain in a thunder-storm; Thun′der-shower, a shower accompanied with thunder, or a short heavy shower from a thunder-cloud; Thun′der-stone (Shak.), a stone fabulously supposed to be hurled by thunder, and to do the damage of lightning, a thunderbolt: (geol.) a belemnite, so called from its dart-like shape; Thun′der-storm, continued discharges of electricity from the clouds, producing lightning and thunder, and generally accompanied with heavy rain.—v.t. Thun′der-strike, to strike as by lightning.—n. Thun′der-stroke (Shak.), a stroke or blast by lightning.—adjs. Thun′der-struck, struck by lightning: astonished: struck dumb; Thun′dery, indicative of thunder, or attended by it. [With intrusive d from A.S. þunorþunian, to rattle; cog. with Ger. donner, Ice. þorr for þonr, L. tonāre.]

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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunder in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of thunder in a Sentence

  1. Oklahoma City:

    The Thunder was going to be a different game, the Thunder's a challenging game to play because as you are getting prepared, The Thunder takes time to get adjusted. We got better and better as The Thunder wore on.

  2. Frederick Douglas:

    The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. . . .If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.

  3. Dean Martins:

    I think what hes done is, hes stealing the thunder from Frank Loessers song and from my dad. He should write his own song if he doesnt like this one, but dont change the lyrics. Its a classic, perfect song.

  4. Paul DeMuro:

    We're not asking to stop the rally. So you need to understand that, first, if Joe Biden, if the Thunder( the NBA team in nearby Oklahoma City), if Garth Brooks was wanting to have a 19,000-person event and this center on Sunday, without abiding by the government mandated CDC guidelines, with respect to mass events, we'd be making the same allegations and filing the same lawsuit, all we're asking, it's very simple : If the President wants to hold a rally here, he needs to abide by the social distancing guidelines of his own( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    Look at how interesting and how pointed was the timing of this. Trump planned it for the morning after the debate, he’s always been able to steal the thunder of whatever story’s coming out of the debate.

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