Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A single sharp crash of thunder.
  • n. Something, such as a startling or shocking piece of news, that is similar to a crash of thunder in suddenness or violence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sudden thunder; a shock of thunder, as opposed to reverberating rumble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharp burst of thunder; a sudden report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A clap or burst of thunder; a sudden report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity; a thunder-peal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a single sharp crash of thunder
  • n. a shocking surprise

Etymologies

thunder +‎ clap (Wiktionary)

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