Adjective "thunder" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A loud rumbling or crashing noise heard after a lightning flash due to the expansion of rapidly heated air.
  1. 'thunder rolled through the mountains'
  2. 'We hear thunder because lightning heats the air to more than 43,000 degrees, causing the air to quickly expand.'
  3. 'I ran out of the shop and as I did so there was a loud clap of thunder and a flash of lightning.'
  4. 'Why don't hurricanes have much lightning and thunder even though they are made of thunderstorms?'
  5. 'It started to rain, with flashes of lightning and booms of thunder sounding in the distance.'
  6. 'These clouds often bring thunder and lightning, and can also bring funnel clouds or even tornadoes.'
  7. 'A thunderstorm hit us with no warning and we lay soaked, silent and shivering with cold as the lightning and thunder crashed around us.'
  8. 'If you see lightning or hear thunder, head for shelter immediately.'
  9. 'Seers interpreted claps of thunder, lightning flashes or the condition of a sacrificed animal's entrails.'
  10. 'The lighting flashed continuously and rumbling thunder followed.'
  11. 'In Summer, storms with thunder, lightning and hail are quite common, and sometimes even mini-tornadoes are reported!'
  12. 'Interspersed with this was the terrifying thunder of planes and the blast of the bombs.'
  13. 'Was that Anton Karas's haunting zither film score I sensed above the low thunder of water.'
  14. 'We could not talk above the roaring thunder of machines making material.'
  15. 'A faint, high pitched whine grew and began to pulse through the ship, a counterpoint to the deeper thunder of the turbines.'
  16. 'His mother's voice rang out through the room like cracking thunder.'
  17. 'The thunder of angry critics everywhere began to resonate.'
  18. 'With a voice oscillating between organ-like thunder and strangled quietness, Gambon brings out Hamm's terminal desperation.'
  19. 'Is he deaf to the unceasing thunder of millions upon millions of voices in the streets of the world declaring peace on war?'
  20. 'The building rang with a tremendous shout, and another, and another, and then it echoed deep loud groans that gathered strength as they swelled out, like angry thunder.'
  21. 'Her voice was thunder, her breath clouds, her tears rain.'
  22. 'No wonder he looks almost orgasmic as he says in a voice of thunder, ‘I have the powerrrrr!’'
  23. 'none of this did the remotest good, but, by thunder, it kept the union activists feeling good'


Thunder sounds.
  1. 'It was thundering and lightning all day, which is scary when you are using metal poles.'
  2. 'A correspondent with two Spaniels, for example, claimed that his dogs always know when it is thundering and lightning outside.'
  3. 'It's not only raining, it's thundering, which is unusual for November.'
  4. 'the train thundered through the night'
  5. 'She accepted the crown and the crowd erupted in a loud thundering applause.'
  6. 'The pounding of the feet thunders so loud in the boy's ears that he can't even hear the desperate panting of his own lungs.'
  7. 'Our river is well up now, about twice as wide as usual and it is thundering over the weir.'
  8. 'She is distracted by the splintering noises thundering in her ears.'
  9. 'A sudden flash and a deep rumble thundered across the heaven.'
  10. '‘Look at that; it's a 66,’ he enthuses as a freight train thunders through.'
  11. 'The sound of a thousand horse hooves thundering through the streets resounded through the old building.'
  12. 'Heart ablaze and head blowing clouds of smoke, the mail train thundered into the platform and ground to a halt.'
  13. 'Then up went the window and out went the bundle as the train thundered through the night.'
  14. 'Sitting track-side we were amazed at the number of passenger and especially freight trains that thundered past.'
  15. 'Pool forced a free-kick and Waite thundered a trademark strike in off the bar.'
  16. 'Toure, with the entire goal at his mercy, thunders the ball against the bar.'
  17. 'From the resulting corner Adam Ackroyd headed the ball to the far post and Adam Reed thundered a header from two yards into the top corner only to see his effort headed off the line.'
  18. 'Simon Collins, from ten yards, then thundered the rebound on to the underside of the bar before the ball bounced away.'
  19. 'Thierry Henry thunders an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net.'
  20. 'Skipper Casey thundered a massive 35-yard free kick off the underside of the Omagh crossbar and from the rebound it was like the Alamo with Reilly and Hoey both failing to force the ball across the line.'
  21. 'But late in the game Mark Calcavecchia thundered a 161-yard eight-iron from rough at the 72nd hole to set up a birdie to tie with Norman and Wayne Grady on 275.'
Speak loudly and forcefully or angrily, especially to denounce or criticize.
  1. with direct speech '‘Sit down!’ thundered Morse with immense authority'
  2. '‘You're not going any where,’ she thundered as loudly as a shrivelled up old woman in a wheelchair could, making me stop dead in my tracks.'
  3. 'Pope Innocent thundered angrily in letters, specifically forbidding the Crusaders from attacking Zara.'
  4. 'An editorial in the Australian thundered against plans for ‘big government’.'
  5. 'Solzhenitsyn, we can reasonably assent to Nabokov's formulation, thundered against vicious cruelty.'
  6. 'The Times thundered against the Scottish aristo and JP who sided with the rowdies.'
  7. '‘This is rubbish,’ the Guardian thunders, ‘as Lord Falconer must know perfectly well.’'
  8. 'The male's deep voice thundered in the cavern, and a black pool formed beneath the demons in a large area, and spread outward.'
  9. 'I thundered, my voice sounding angrier than I had meant it to.'
  10. 'Many Victorian cultural critics thundered that railways dragged deplorable rationalisation and standardisation in their train.'
  11. 'No longer could he escape those hands curled up in anger, a loud voice thundering over comforting whispers - his own.'

More definitions


1. a loud, explosive, resounding noise produced by the explosive expansion of air heated by a lightning discharge.

2. any loud, resounding noise: the thunder of applause.

3. a threatening or startling utterance, denunciation, or the like.

verb (used without object)

4. to give forth thunder (often used impersonally with it as the subject): It thundered last night.

5. to make a loud, resounding noise like thunder: The artillery thundered in the hills.

6. to utter loud or ve


Old English thunor (noun), thunrian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch donder and German Donner (noun), from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tonare ‘to thunder’.