Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder.
  • noun A flash of lightning conceived as a bolt or dart hurled from the heavens.
  • noun A startling, forceful action.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flash of lightning with the accompanying crash of thunder: so called because regarded as due to the hurling of a bolt or shaft at the object struck by the lightning. See def. 2.
  • noun The imaginary bolt or shaft (often regarded as a stone) conceived as the material agent or substance of a flash of lightning, and the cause of the accompanying crash of thunder: an attribute of Zeus or Jupiter as the god of thunder (Jupiter Tonans); specifically, in heraldry, a bearing representing a thunderbolt more or less like that of Jupiter.
  • noun A stone or other hard concretion of distinctive shape, usually tapering or spear-like, found in the ground, and supposed in popular superstition to have been the material substance of a thunderbolt (in sense 2), and to have fallen from heaven with the lightning.
  • noun Figuratively, one who is daring or irresistible; one who acts with fury or with sudden and resistless force.
  • noun A dreadful threat, denunciation, censure, or the like, proceeding from some high authority; a fulmination.
  • noun plural The white campion (Lychnis vespertina), the corn-poppy (Papaver Rhœas), or the bladder-campion (Silene Cucubalus)—the last so named from the slight report made by exploding the inflated calyx.
  • To strike with or as with lightning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness.
  • noun Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.
  • noun (Paleon.) A belemnite, or thunderstone.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a long-horned beetle (Arhopalus fulminans) whose larva bores in the trunk of oak and chestnut trees. It is brownish and bluish-black, with W-shaped whitish or silvery markings on the elytra.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.
  • noun figuratively An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.
  • noun soccer A very powerful shot.
  • noun paleontology A belemnite, or thunderstone.

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

  • noun a shocking surprise
  • noun a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

Etymologies

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From thunder + bolt.

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