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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a face like thunder (=a very angry expression)
▪ The boss had a face like thunder when he arrived this morning.
clap of thunder
▪ an ear-splitting clap of thunder
distant thunder
▪ Distant thunder rumbled over the mountains.
peal of thunder
▪ A loud peal of thunder crashed directly overhead.
roll of thunder
▪ There was a roll of thunder, and the rain started pelting down.
thunder and lightning
▪ After a few minutes, the thunder and lightning moved further away.
▪ The heavens start grumbling with distant thunder and a gentle flicker of lightning flits behind the clouds.
▪ The words tumble out, making a sound like the rumble of distant thunder, taking shape, depth, and substance.
▪ The first distant crash of thunder shook the air, and the rain began to pour down heavily.
▪ Grant cuts the engine to listen for clues. Distant rolls of thunder belch ominously.
▪ Accompanied by growls and booms of distant thunder, which rattled the panes, it filled the night.
▪ The old building creaked occasionally, but apart from that and the occasional rumble of distant thunder, there was silence.
▪ Only a rumble like distant thunder and a microscopic clink of bricks reached him.
▪ Rain was threatening and there was a distant roll of thunder.
▪ The door slammed behind them like a thunder clap.
▪ In the distance, another thunder clap rolled, this one more muffled than its predecessors.
▪ As she neared her home, she heard the thunder of hooves behind her and turning saw the water-horse coming for her.
▪ For two years she heard nothing at all and then she heard close thunder crawling up the stairs.
▪ They thought they heard thunder in the distance, but it was, in fact, artillery fire.
▪ In the distance I can hear the rumble of thunder and see lightning flash from cloud to cloud.
▪ He heard a dull thunder that was not the blood in his ears.
▪ He heard the thunder in the distance.
▪ Every day they heard guns like thunder and saw the lines of reserves marching northward.
▪ Some already see flashes of lightning just over the horizon and hear the roar of thunder in the distance.
▪ Trains rumbled by like thunder, clusters of dark shadows everywhere.
steal sb's thunder
▪ Outside my window was the constant thunder of delivery trucks.
▪ The thunder and lightning seemed to have moved away, but the rain continued to pour.
▪ There was a thunder clap followed instantly by lightning.
▪ They could hear thunder rumbling in the distance.
▪ A crash of thunder and lightning follows.
▪ A strong wind was now blowing and there was a loud crack of thunder.
▪ Despite the ominous thunder of global war, the date on which to observe Thanksgiving was a hot issue.
▪ In spring, when showers shimmer down and slow-rolling thunder sounds, remember Dineh!
▪ In the midst of thunder and lightening, Alfredo begs his father to take a sword and kill him.
▪ Nothing could be heard save the thunder of artillery... and the continuous roar of musketry.
▪ The sky had darkened and thunder rolled in the west.
▪ Whatever it was precipitated an avalanche of other objects which thundered down around him as Charles fell sprawling to the ground.
▪ As the block thundered down, its force propelled the severed head into the basket she carried in front of her on the saddle.
▪ The Oceanis thundered down the middle of the harbour, the anchor crunching as it picked up several chains on the bottom.
▪ Ships first began thundering down the yard's slipway into the Mersey in 1828.
▪ He made Rich a boneshaker which thundered down Caradoc Street.
▪ Friends will call, thundering up and down the stairs.
▪ But then neither will the violent shock waves that occasionally thunder up the stairwell.
▪ Shouts, recriminations, threats died away as horse and riders thundered up the hill towards the ploughed land ahead.
▪ All I could see as I thundered up a woodland track in the Lake District was trees.
▪ Now, 40 years on there is the prospect that I will once more see an A1 thundering up an incline.
▪ "Be quiet!" Miguel thundered.
▪ Did you hear it thunder just now?
▪ Fighter jets thundered across the sky.
▪ The train thundered through the station.
▪ As the cannon thundered, the ranks broke, only to be formed again with dogged determination.
▪ From his pulpit thundered the most extraordinary denunciations of violations and abuses.
▪ Legions of men, women and children thundered along these lanes, ringing their bells and scattering pedestrians like startled pigeons.
▪ While the taps were thundering, he poured himself a large whisky and soda, and gulped it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Thunder \Thun"der\, n. [OE. [thorn]under, [thorn]onder, [thorn]oner, AS. [thorn]unor; akin to [thorn]unian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. [thorn][=o]rr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. [root]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.

  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. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. The croaker ( Haploidontus grunniens).

    2. The American bittern or stake-driver. Thunder rod, a lightning rod. [R.] Thunder snake. (Zo["o]l.)

      1. The chicken, or milk, snake.

      2. A small reddish ground snake ( Carphophis am[oe]na syn. Celuta am[oe]na) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also worm snake.

        Thunder tube, a fulgurite. See Fulgurite.


Thunder \Thun"der\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thundered; p. pr. & vb. n. Thundering.] [AS. [thorn]unrian. 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.

  3. To utter violent denunciation.


Thunder \Thun"der\, 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.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., from Old English þunor "thunder, thunderclap; the god Thor," from Proto-Germanic *thunraz (cognates: Old Norse þorr, Old Frisian thuner, Middle Dutch donre, Dutch donder, Old High German donar, German Donner "thunder"), from PIE *(s)tene- "to resound, thunder" (cognates: Sanskrit tanayitnuh "thundering," Persian tundar "thunder," Latin tonare "to thunder"). Swedish tordön is literally "Thor's din." The intrusive -d- also is found in Dutch and Icelandic versions of the word. Thunder-stick, imagined word used by primitive peoples for "gun," attested from 1904.


13c., from Old English þunrian, from the source of thunder (n.). Figurative sense of "to speak loudly, threateningly, or bombastically" is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Thundered; thundering. Compare Dutch donderen, German donnern.


n. 1 The sound caused by the discharge of atmospheric electrical charge. 2 A sound resembling thunder; especially, one produced by a jet airplane in flight. 3 A deep, rumble noise. 4 An alarming or startling threat or denunciation. 5 (context obsolete English) The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. 6 (context figuratively English) The spotlight. vb. 1 To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally. 2 (label en intransitive) To make a noise like thunder. 3 (label en intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice. 4 (label en transitive) To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice. 5 To produce something with incredible power

  1. v. move fast, noisily, and heavily; "The bus thundered down the road"

  2. utter words loudly and forcefully; "`Get out of here,' he roared" [syn: roar]

  3. be the case that thunder is being heard; "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed" [syn: boom]

  4. to make or produce a loud noise; "The river thundered below"; "The engine roared as the driver pushed the car to full throttle"

  1. n. a deep prolonged loud noise [syn: boom, roar, roaring]

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

  3. street names for heroin [syn: big H, hell dust, nose drops, smack]


Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. Depending on the distance and nature of the lightning, thunder can range from a sharp, loud crack to a long, low rumble (brontide). The sudden increase in pressure and temperature from lightning produces rapid expansion of the air surrounding and within a bolt of lightning. In turn, this expansion of air creates a sonic shock wave, similar to a sonic boom, which produces the sound of thunder, often referred to as a clap, crack,peal of thunder, or boom.

Thunder (comics)

Thunder (real name Anissa Pierce) is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. She was first described in Green Arrow vol. 2 #26 (Late July 2003) and first appeared the next month in Outsiders vol. 3 #1. Thunder was created by Judd Winick and Tom Raney.

Thunder (Andy Taylor album)

Thunder is the first solo album by British guitarist Andy Taylor, released in 1987. It features former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones on guitar. Jones also co-wrote most of the songs on the album.

The album went out of print in 1990, but would reemerge in a newly expanded version on online music services like iTunes when Taylor made his entire catalog available in 2010. In addition to the original version of Thunder, Taylor's previous solo singles such as "Take It Easy" were included as well.

Thunder (band)

Thunder are an English rock band who play hard rock and heavy metal. They originally formed in 1989 when the band Terraplane broke up, leaving lead singer Danny Bowes and guitarist/main songwriter Luke Morley to form a new group, namely Thunder. Retaining Terraplane drummer Gary James (popularly known as 'Harry' James), they completed the line-up with bassist Mark 'Snake' Luckhurst and guitarist/keyboard player Ben Matthews. Though the band's main area of support has remained their homeland of the UK, they also enjoy significant success in Japan.

Thunder (Prince song)

"Thunder" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. It was issued as a limited, individually numbered 12-inch single picture disc in the UK only, and the edited version was available only on the promotional single. The lyrics can be interpreted as referring to the night Prince decided to withdraw The Black Album, when he was rumored to have suffered a bad ecstasy trip. This is the first single cover to feature Mayte, sitting at the lower left.

The B-sides were previously released on the " Gett Off" maxi-single: "Violet the Organ Grinder" and "Gett Off" (Thrust Dub).

Thunder (disambiguation)

A thunder is the sound of the shock wave produced by lightning.

Thunder may also refer to:

  • Thunderstorm
  • a Thunder god
Thunder (film)

Thunder is a 1929 American silent melodrama film starring Lon Chaney and directed by William Nigh. The film has no audible dialogue but featured a synchronized musical score and sound effects. Thunder was Chaney's penultimate film appearance and his last silent film.

The majority of Thunder is now considered lost, with only a half a reel of the entire footage known to survive.

Thunder (TV series)

Thunder is a television series which aired on Saturday Mornings on NBC during the 1977-1978 television season. The show centered on the adventures of Cindy Prescott ( Melora Hardin) and her friend, Willie Williams (Justin Randi) and featured Thunder, a black stallion who ran wild near the ranch owned by the Prescott family: The cast also featured Cindy’s parents: Bill (Clint Ritchie), a rancher, and Anne (Melissa Converse), a veterinarian. Thunder was always there to rescue Cindy and/or Willie in times of trouble “caused by others’ misdeeds and thoughtlessness,” including a forest fire caused by a practical joker, and Willie being hit by a stray bullet fired by teens in a no-shooting area. Also playing a part in the adventures was Willie’s stubborn mule, Cupcake, who was trained to “ burp” on camera.

For about a month, in an effort to improve ratings, the producers of Thunder re-titled the show “Super Horse, Starring Thunder.”

Thunder was created by the creators of Fury, another show featuring a stallion. This show also aired on NBC, from 1955 to 1960.

Thunder was part of a 90-minute block of three live action shows to debut on NBC during the 1977 season, along with Search and Rescue: the Alpha Team and The Red Hand Gang. It was the only one of the three run for a full season in the United States, with all episodes aired. (Search and Rescue: the Alpha Team was shown in prime time in Canada, where it was filmed and simply titled Search and Rescue, and stayed on the air for a full season.)

Concerning international broadcasting, it is best known that in Italy the show ran in syndication in the early 80's under the title Fulmine (that means lightning in English).

Thunder (CeCe Beck)

Thunder is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine created by Jerry Ordway & Mike Manley and appearing in DC Comics. An associate of the Marvel Family of superheroes, Thunder (the alter ego of CeCe Beck, or simply "Beck"), is a far-future recipient of the power of Shazam. Her first appearance was the first The Power of Shazam! Annual #1 (1996).

Thunder (SMV album)

Thunder is the debut album from supergroup SMV. The album was released on August 12, 2008.

Thunder (East 17 song)

"Thunder" is a 1994 song recorded by English boy band East 17. It was the first single from the album Up All Night. It achieved success in many countries, including Norway, Belgium (Wallonia), UK, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland where it was a top ten hit.

Thunder (G.I. Joe)

Thunder is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series of the 1980s. He is the G.I. Joe team's self-propelled gun artilleryman and debuted in 1984.

Thunder (Jessie J song)

"Thunder" is a song by English recording artist Jessie J. It was written by Jessie J, Claude Kelly, Benjamin Levin, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen for her second studio album Alive (2013), while production was helmed by StarGate and Benny Blanco.

Thunder (Boys Like Girls song)

"Thunder" is the third single taken from Boys Like Girls' eponymous debut album''.

This song was released as an acoustic version first, before it appeared on the band's first album, and over 2 years before the song's official single release. It impacted to radio on May 6, 2008. The band first posted the radio remix of the song on their Myspace profile on March 11, 2008. It was the first song Boys Like Girls ever wrote and was written about Martin's high school sweetheart. Despite its poor performance in charts compared to their previous singles, it was certified Gold by RIAA the same week "Hero/Heroine" went Gold.

There are two version of this song, one version where Johnson sings alone and another version where Donahue sings some lines and does some back up vocals.

Thunder (singer)

Park Sang-hyun (; born October 7, 1990) better known by his stage nameThunder/Cheondung , is South Korean singer, rapper, dancer, songwriter, actor and model. He is former member of South Korean boy band MBLAQ. In December 16, 2014, it was announced that Cheondung had departed from the group to focus on studying music for a while. In February 11, 2015, He was signed on Mystic Entertainment's music label APOP.

Aside from his native language Korean, he is also fluent in English and Tagalog, and can speak conversational Mandarin and Japanese.

Thunder (mascot)

Thunder is the stage name for the horse who is the official live animal mascot for the Denver Broncos football team. Three purebred Arabians have held this role since 1993, all gray horses whose coats lightened with age until they turned completely white. Sharon Magness-Blake has owned all three horses, and Ann Judge has been their rider since 1998 and trainer since 1999. , Thunder has appeared in four Super Bowls with the team since 1998. The original Thunder performed in Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII and Thunder III appeared in Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl 50. Thunder III also made appearances in Times Square and on television morning news shows in New York City as part of the pre-game promotion for Super Bowl XLVII. He routinely appears in parades, makes hospital and school visits, and attends various other public functions. He has been flown on airplanes, ridden in elevators, and appeared indoors at press conferences and banquets.

Thunder's duties as mascot typically include leading the team onto the field at the start of every home game, and a gallop down the length of the field whenever the team scores a touchdown or field goal. Thunder and his rider also interact with fans before the game; the horse is particularly popular with children, who are allowed to pet him. The horses who have served as Thunder need to remain calm in situations that would normally frighten most horses, such as being in football stadiums with thousands of cheering fans, exploding pyrotechnics, cheerleaders waving pom-poms, and other spectacles common to National Football League (NFL) games. Thunder shares mascot duties with Miles, a human who wears a horse head mask atop a Broncos uniform.

The original Thunder, later named "Thunder, Sr.", was described as bold and courageous. He was a stallion registered as JB Kobask, a former show horse, who was team mascot for the Broncos from 1993 until his retirement in 2004. He continued making community appearances until his death in 2009. Thunder, Sr. was succeeded in 2004 by "Thunder II", an Arabian gelding registered as Winter Solstyce. He had been the personal pleasure riding horse of Magness-Blake. Judge described him as being somewhat timid when he first began his role as mascot but eventually grew into it. He retired from mascot duties in early 2014 but appeared in the 2016 Super Bowl 50 victory parade in downtown Denver following the Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers. "Thunder III", a gelding registered as Me N Myshadow, was the understudy to Thunder II, and trained specifically for mascot duties beginning at age three when he was started under saddle. He began performing at preseason games in 2013. Although Thunder II was still active as team mascot during the 2013–14 season, Thunder III was sent to Super Bowl XLVIII because he was younger and better able to handle air travel. He is described as laid-back, preferring to doze off during games when not performing.

Thunder (luchador)

Luke Fordward (1981 – June 30, 2016) better known by his ring name Thunder, was an Australian masked professional wrestler (referred to as a luchador enmascarado in Mexico) best known for his work in the Mexican professional wrestling promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). He made his Mexican debut in early 2013 portraying a tecnico ("good guy") wrestling character. After a lengthy absence due to injury, he returned in August 2014 as a rudo ("bad guy"). He was one of only a few Australian wrestlers to work in Mexico.

Thunder (Leona Lewis song)

"Thunder" is a song by British singer and songwriter Leona Lewis from her fifth studio album, I Am (2015). The song was written by Lewis and Toby Gad, who also produced the track. Lyrically, "Thunder" is about finding the strength to pick yourself up after falling on difficult times. Lewis explained that the song is about self-reflection and self-empowerment and finding the ability to look within in order to decide what is best to do next. Def Jam released "Thunder" on 24 July 2015 as the lead single in United States, but it is the third single to be released from the album overall. Remixes by Danny Verde and Tom Swoon were also released.

The track garnered a positive response from music critics, many of whom complimented its powerful and anthemic stance and declared it an album highlight. One critic believed the lyrics to be directed at Simon Cowell, Lewis' former label boss. "Thunder" reached the top thirty on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts, and the top twenty on the Dance Club Songs chart. The song's accompanying music video shows Lewis in a variety of outdoor spaces as clips of varying weather patterns are intercut. She has performed the track on several U.S. television shows, including Good Morning America, The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Talk.

Thunder (ship)

FV Thunder was an outlaw fishing vessel sunk in 2015. The ship was built in 1969 in Norway and has gone by many names, including: Vesturvón, Arctic Ranger, Rubin, Typhoon I, Kuko, and Wuhan N4. The ship was last registered in Lagos, Nigeria; however, the ship was officially de-listed by Nigeria a week before it sank.

At the time of its sinking, the crew consisted of 30 Indonesians and 10 officers from Spain, Chile, and Portugal, who were turned over to the authorities in São Tomé and Príncipe. The officers of the crew were later tried and convicted of several illegal fishing offences. The captain, Luis Alfonso Rubio Cataldo of Chile, was given a three year sentence. The ship's chief engineer, Agustín Dosil Rey of Spain, was given a two year and nine month sentence. The ship's second mechanic, Luis Miguel Pérez Fernández of Spain, was given a two year and eight month sentence. Together, they were fined a total of over $17 million. Interpol believes that the vessel was part of a fleet of six operating through shell corporations under Vidal Armadores, a company based in Spain.

An Interpol notice for the ship was released on 12 April 2013. In May 2014, the Thunder was stopped by Malaysian officials for illegal fishing; however, they let the ship go after a fine of $90,000 was paid. From December 17, 2014 to April 6, 2015 two Sea Shepherd vessels, the Bob Barker and the Sam Simon, as part of "Operation Icefish," pursued the renegade trawler Thunder for 10,000 miles from Antarctic waters where it was illegally fishing for Patagonian toothfish to where the Thunder was scuttled in the waters of São Tomé and Príncipe at . The ship was first intercepted on December 17, 2014 at , inside the CCAMLR ( Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) region of management while deploying illegal gillnets.

The pursuit of the Thunder lasted 110 days, breaking the previous record of 21 days, set by the Australian patrol vessel Southern Supporter in its pursuit of the Viarsa 1 in 2003.

Thunder (CMS)

Thunder is a free and open-source Drupal 8 distribution aimed at professional media companies. Thunder is available under the GNU General Public License.

In addition to the underlying Drupal functionality, Thunder includes several features by publishers and partners from the IT industry which are especially suitable for professional media companies, such as video streaming and tools for the creation of interactive content. Thunder is available for anyone for free as a Drupal distribution.

Thunder was initiated by the German media company Hubert Burda Media in March 2016. Hubert Burda Media is also funding the Thunder Core Team which maintains and develops the system.

The founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, endorsed the creation of a global non-profit alliance of publishers working together in the Thunder project.

Usage examples of "thunder".

Such eyes adazzle dancing with mine, such nimble and discreet ankles, such gimp English middles, and such a gay delight in the mere grace of the lilting and tripping beneath rafters ringing loud with thunder, that Pan himself might skip across a hundred furrows for sheer envy to witness.

Hector ranged on, now flaring along the front, now shouting his orders back toward the rear, all of him armed in bronze aflash like lightning flung by Father Zeus with his battle-shield of thunder.

The odds were slightly more in favor of mummified alumnae staggering out of the ritual closet than of police thundering down the stairs, but there was little else to do.

Earth herself, who is Mother Nature, antecedent to society, and whose claims are antecedent too, spoke forth and with a sound of thunder made known that the one there sitting had, through innumerable lifetimes, so given of himself to the world that there was no one there.

Their Thor and Odin were at first, probably, only the thunder and the wind: but they had to be appeased in the dark marches of the forest, where hung rotting on the sacred oaks, amid carcases of goat and horse, the carcases of human victims.

I learned that on the 5th of June a violent explosion was heard in the Chamber of Representatives at Paris, which was at first supposed to be a clap of thunder, but was soon ascertained to have been occasioned by a young Samson having fallen with a packet of detonating powder in his pocket.

Making an appalling din and poisoning the air, this medley of heterogeneous vehicles surged past the half-asphyxiated Ave or thundered overhead on the crazy bridges between the massive artificial canyons of the buildings.

There was a heavy clang, a thundering crash, the ship trembled, tilted, heeled, and slowly, painfully, settled back upright as Bade hung onto the desk and Runckel dove for cover.

Standing before 42 JOHN SON OF thunder him in the middle of the path was the Baptist, holding his staff erect at his side.

The lightning of divine wrath would flash from his eyes and small beadlets of thunder would drop from his brow.

She longed to bury her face and hands in their fur, feel their raspy tongues on her cheeks and fingersor flippers as the case might behear their thundering purrs or even their disdainful scolding.

Some engagements were fought, some towns were besieged, with various and doubtful success: and if the Romans failed in their attempt to recover the long-lost possession of Nisibis, the Persians were repulsed from the walls of a Mesopotamian city, by the valor of a martial bishop, who pointed his thundering engine in the name of St.

George departed, and Bibbs was left gazing upon chaos and listening to thunder.

I listened to the rain, and to the rattling of the bleared, small-paned windows, and marked a rumbling of approaching thunder quite unusual for the season.

Dark lightning cracked as the Boaster arm split from its counterweight, toppled over the eastern edge of the Key, and fell forward, landing with thunder and hissing, cleaving water.