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Meaning of thunder by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *þunraz, from *þen, from Proto-Indo-European *( s )ten( ə )- ( “to thunder” ). Compare Persian تندر ( tondar ) .


    • ( UK ): IPA: /ˈθʌn.də/, X-SAMPA: /"TVnd@/
    • ( US ): enPR: thŭn'dər, IPA: /ˈθʌn.dɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"TVnd@`/
    • Rhymes: -ʌndə( r )

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    thunder ( third-person singular simple present thunders present participle thundering, simple past and past participle thundered )

    1. ( intransitive ) To make a noise like thunder .
    2. ( intransitive ) To talk with a loud, threatening voice .
      "Get back to work at once!", he thundered .
    3. ( transitive ) To say ( something ) with a loud, threatening voice .
    4. To produce something with incredible power

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Explanation of thunder by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. utter words loudly and forcefully

    2. to make or produce a loud noise

    3. The river thundered below
    4. move fast, noisily, and heavily

    5. The bus thundered down the road
    6. be the case that thunder is being heard

    7. Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed
    1. street names for heroin

    2. a deep prolonged loud noise

    3. a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning

    Definition of thunder by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Thunder n. [OE. þunder, þonder, þoner, AS. þunor; akin to þunian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. þōrr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. τόνος a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. √52. See Thin, and cf. Astonish, Detonate, Intone, Thursday, Tone.]
      1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.

      2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. [Obs.]

      The revenging gods

      'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend. Shak.

      3. Any loud noise; as, “the thunder of cannon”.

      4. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation.

      The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes. Prescott.

      Thunder pumper. ( Zool. ) The croaker ( Haploidontus grunniens ). The American bittern or stake-driver. -- Thunder rod, a lightning rod. [R.] -- Thunder snake. ( Zool. ) The chicken, or milk, snake. A small reddish ground snake ( Carphophis amoena syn. Celuta amoena ) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also worm snake. -- Thunder tube, a fulgurite. See Fulgurite.

    2. Thunder v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thundered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thundering.] [AS. þunrian. See Thunder, n.]
      1. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally; as, “it thundered continuously”.

      Canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Job xl. 9.

      2. Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance.

      His dreadful voice no more

      Would thunder in my ears. Milton.

      3. To utter violent denunciation.

    3. Thunder, v. t. To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation.

      Oracles severe

      Were daily thundered in our general's ear. Dryden.

      An archdeacon, as being a prelate, may thunder out an ecclesiastical censure. Ayliffe.