Definitions

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • ...who ever with a frolic welcome took
    The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
    Free hearts, free foreheads
    ...

    December 17, 2010


  • What starts the thunder overhead?
    Who makes the crashing noise?
    Are the angels falling out of bed?
    Are they breaking all their toys?

    - Louis Untermeyer, 'Questions At Night'.

    November 17, 2008

  • Thunder makes noise

    February 15, 2007

  • There was a stormy night last week.

    February 15, 2007

  • The thunder scared the heck out of my dog.

    February 15, 2007

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