What does thunderstorm mean?

Definitions for thunderstormˈθʌn dərˌstɔrm

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thunderstorm, electrical storm, electric storm(noun)

    a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning


  1. thunderstorm(Noun)

    A storm consisting of thunder and lightning produced by a cumulonimbus, usually accompanied with rain or hail. A more severe thunderstorm can cause mesocyclones.

  2. Origin: English, from thunder, and storm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thunderstorm(noun)

    a storm accompanied with lightning and thunder


  1. Thunderstorm

    A thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm, a lightning storm, thundershower or simply a storm, is a form of turbulent weather characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere known as thunder. The meteorologically assigned cloud type associated with the thunderstorm is the cumulonimbus. Thunderstorms are usually accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain and sometimes snow, sleet, hail, or no precipitation at all. Those that cause hail to fall are called hailstorms. Thunderstorms may line up in a series or rainband, known as a squall line. Strong or severe thunderstorms may rotate, known as supercells. While most thunderstorms move with the mean wind flow through the layer of the troposphere that they occupy, vertical wind shear causes a deviation in their course at a right angle to the wind shear direction. Thunderstorms result from the rapid upward movement of warm, moist air. They can occur inside warm, moist air masses and at fronts. As the warm, moist air moves upward, it cools, condenses, and forms cumulonimbus clouds that can reach heights of over 20 km. As the rising air reaches its dew point, water droplets and ice form and begin falling the long distance through the clouds towards the Earth's surface. As the droplets fall, they collide with other droplets and become larger. The falling droplets create a downdraft of air that spreads out at the Earth's surface and causes strong winds associated commonly with thunderstorms.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunderstorm in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thunderstorm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kathryn Sermak:

    Miss D told me she was born during a thunderstorm. And when she passed it was pouring, she was at peace. She'd just had the world serenade her.

  2. Robert Louis Stephenson:

    Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

  3. Robert Louis Stevenson:

    Quite minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

  4. Alyssa Dweck:

    Again, it’s those three hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, that decrease and cause a weakened orgasm response that can be more like a drizzle than a thunderstorm.

  5. David Deptula:

    The ultimate guidance rests in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, we have been applying air power like a rain shower or a drizzle -- for it to be effective, it needs to be applied like a thunderstorm.

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