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, 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"

Wiktionary

  1. thunder(Noun)

    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. thunder(Noun)

    A sound resembling thunder.

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

  3. thunder(Noun)

    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. thunder(Verb)

    To make a noise like thunder.

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

  5. thunder(Verb)

    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. thunder(Verb)

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

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

  7. thunder(Verb)

    To produce something with incredible power

    Etymology: 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.

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. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi:

    Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

  2. Arthur Hoge:

    We have been advised that Katie McClendon wants to purchase that Thunder interest, if we have a reason to question a sale, because we don't think it's an arm's length fair market value sale ... we should have the right to come address that with the court.

  3. Frederick Douglass:

    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. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

  4. Sue Gough:

    All outside events pay fees to use Pentagon Reservation. The fee includes costs for overtime for security and reimbursement for clean up after an event. Rolling Thunder, Inc. pays only a portion of the total costs incurred by Pentagon Reservation to support the event, we are proud of our history of providing a safe operating area for events on the Pentagon Reservation, to include Rolling Thunder every year.

  5. Jimmy MacDonald:

    We did wake up around 1 a.m.to the epically dramatic thunder of avalanches directly above us, for about five minutes, ice calved in sequence and had little sign of stopping.

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