from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The crashing or booming sound produced by rapidly expanding air along the path of the electrical discharge of lightning.
- n. A sound that resembles or suggests thunder.
- intransitive v. To produce thunder.
- intransitive v. To produce sounds like thunder.
- intransitive v. To utter loud, vociferous remarks or threats.
- transitive v. To express violently, commandingly, or angrily; roar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
- n. A sound resembling thunder.
- n. A deep, rumbling noise.
- v. To make a noise like thunder.
- v. To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
- v. To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
- v. To produce something with incredible power
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
- n. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
- n. Any loud noise.
- n. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation.
- intransitive v. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally.
- intransitive v. Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance.
- intransitive v. To utter violent denunciation.
- transitive v. To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The loud noise which follows a flash of lightning, due to the sudden disturbance of the air by a violent discharge of electricity through it.
- n. The destructive agent in a thunder-storm; a discharge of lightning; a thunderbolt.
- n. Any loud resounding noise: as, thunders of applause.
- n. An awful or startling denunciation or threat.
- n. As an exclamation, an abbreviation of by thunder, a mild oath. Compare thunderation.
- To give forth thunder; resound with thunder; formerly, to lighten (and thunder): often used impersonally: as, it thundered yesterday.
- To make a sound resembling thunder; make a loud noise, particularly a heavy sound of some continuance.
- To utter loud denunciations or threats.
- To emit with or as with the noise of thunder; utter with a loud and threatening voice; utter or issue by way of threat or denunciation.
- To lay on with vehemence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deep prolonged loud noise
- n. street names for heroin
- v. be the case that thunder is being heard
- v. move fast, noisily, and heavily
- v. to make or produce a loud noise
- n. a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning
- v. utter words loudly and forcefully
Middle English, from Old English thunor; see (s)tenə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *þunraz, from *þen, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tenh₂- (“to thunder”). Germanic cognates include West Frisian tonger, Dutch donder, German Donner. Other cognates include Persian تندر (tondar), Latin tonō. (Wiktionary)