Definitions

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

  • n. A transient, sometimes violent storm of thunder and lightning, often accompanied by rain and sometimes hail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A storm accompanied with lightning and thunder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A storm accompanied by lightning and thunder, occurring when the atmosphere is in a state of unstable equilibrium, and has a high relative humidity.

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

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

Etymologies

English, from thunder, and storm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Should I make the point in the summer that a not so severe thunderstorm is an example or type of weather that you should expect is there is no climate change?

    Think Progress » After warmest January in history, Vancouver airlifts in snow for Winter Olympics.

  • So after lighting the storm lanterns for the inevitable collapse of the power grid, I get to enjoy the spectacle of the thunderstorm from the dry comfort of my front porch.

    First Rains « Cameroon

  • Today, I came home from work early, did a little laundry, relaxed with a cup of Zen tea, and watched a marvelous thunderstorm from the safety of my big green living room chair.

    What a Difference A Week Makes

  • We might stay in the siding until the thunderstorm is over; but it may keep on raining all night and anyway it will be pitch dark.

    Rilla of Ingleside

  • (see pp. 13-16 of 'Birdie') and on pages 93 and 94 of the Report the description of a thunderstorm is very much like Birdie's idea of the same in the 'Dew Fairies' on pages 59 and 60 of my book.

    The Story of My Life

  • I took the photos right before and during a thunderstorm, which is why some are with a flash.

    They Are Everywhere Among Us, Their Work Not Yet Done

  • A thunderstorm is the proverbial wet blanket if couched in terms of greenhouse theory.

    The "First" Assessed Likely Range for Climate Sensitivity « Climate Audit

  • While astronomy is my bride, the thunderstorm is my mistress.

    My Mistress « UDreamOfJanie

  • She cursed him mentally, and wished she could call a thunderstorm out of the sky the way the shaman could-under cover of a good downpour, she could slip away with no trouble at all.

    Elvenblood

  • It may even have kept a rhythm in his sleeping mind, without the need of a dream to house it, for the first he knew of the thunderstorm was a silent double-gleam of lightning that spelled out the same iambic, and caused him to start awake with eyes still closed, and listen for the answering thunder.

    The Pilgrim of Hate

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