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thunder

See also: thundër

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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thunder (countable and uncountable, plural thunders)

  1. The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge.
    Thunder is preceded by lightning.
  2. A sound resembling thunder; especially, one produced by a jet airplane in flight.
  3. A deep, rumbling noise.
    Off in the distance, he heard the thunder of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
  4. An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
    • Prescott
      The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes.
  5. (obsolete) The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
    • Shakespeare
      The revenging gods / 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend.
  6. (figuratively) The spotlight.

Usage notesEdit

  • roll, clap, peal are some of the words used to count thunder.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

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VerbEdit

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

  1. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally.
    It thundered continuously.
  2. (intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.
    The train thundered along the tracks.
  3. (intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
  4. (transitive) To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
    "Get back to work at once!", he thundered.
  5. To produce something with incredible power
    • 2011 January 19, Jonathan Stevenson, “Leeds 1 - 3 Arsenal”, BBC:
      Just as it appeared Arsenal had taken the sting out of the tie, Johnson produced a moment of outrageous quality, thundering a bullet of a left foot shot out of the blue and into the top left-hand corner of Wojciech Szczesny's net with the Pole grasping at thin air.

Derived termsEdit

  • (to say something with a loud, threatening voice): thunderer

TranslationsEdit

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