What does thunderbolt mean?

Definitions for thunderbolt
ˈθʌn dərˌboʊltthun·der·bolt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thunderbolt, bolt, bolt of lightningnoun

    a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

  2. bombshell, thunderbolt, thunderclapnoun

    a shocking surprise

    "news of the attack came like a bombshell"


  1. thunderboltnoun

    A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.

    Etymology: From thunder + bolt.

  2. thunderboltnoun

    An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.

    Etymology: From thunder + bolt.

  3. thunderboltnoun

    A very powerful shot.

    Etymology: From thunder + bolt.

  4. thunderboltnoun

    A belemnite, or thunderstone.

    Etymology: From thunder + bolt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thunderboltnoun

    a shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth

  2. Thunderboltnoun

    something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness

  3. Thunderboltnoun

    vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination

  4. Thunderboltnoun

    a belemnite, or thunderstone


  1. Thunderbolt

    A thunderbolt is a symbolic representation of incidents of observed lightning when accompanied by a loud thunderclap. In its original usage the word may also have been a description of meteors, or, as Plato suggested in Timaeus, of the consequences of a close approach between two planetary cosmic bodies, though this is not currently the case. As a divine manifestation the thunderbolt has been a powerful symbol throughout history, and has appeared in many mythologies. Drawing from this powerful association, the thunderbolt is often found in military symbolism and semiotic representations of electricity.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. thunderbolt

    In heraldry, a bearing borrowed from classical mythology, which may be described as a twisted bar in pale inflamed at each end surmounting two jagged darts in saltire between two wings displayed with streams of fire.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunderbolt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunderbolt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of thunderbolt in a Sentence

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

    Handel understands effect better than any of us -- when he chooses, he strikes like a thunderbolt.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.

  3. Barack Obama:

    Progress on this journey often comes in small increments, sometimes two steps forward, one step back, and then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.

  4. Seán O'Casey:

    The flame from the angel's sword in the garden of Eden has been catalyzed into the atom bomb; God's thunderbolt became blunted, so man's thunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    And then sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.

Images & Illustrations of thunderbolt

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