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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And it hit me like a thunderbolt.
▪ Dad clapped his hands over his cheeks when the thunderbolt struck.
▪ His public outbursts of temper and his oratorical thunderbolts of defiance were likewise psychological reinforcements for a person who needed them.
▪ Like a thunderbolt it had come, just when he looked like losing it all.
▪ Pollux stabbed Lynceus, and Zeus struck Idas with his thunderbolt.
▪ Thunder and lightning are caused when Zeus hurls his thunderbolt.
▪ To her his departure had come like a cruel thunderbolt.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Thunderbolt \Thun"der*bolt`\, n.

  1. A shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth.

  2. Something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness.

    The Scipios' worth, those thunderbolts of war.

  3. Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.

    He severely threatens such with the thunderbolt of excommunication.

  4. (Paleon.) A belemnite, or thunderstone.

    Thunderbolt beetle (Zo["o]l.), a long-horned beetle ( Arhopalus fulminans) whose larva bores in the trunk of oak and chestnut trees. It is brownish and bluish-black, with W-shaped whitish or silvery markings on the elytra.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from thunder (n.) + bolt (n.) "arrow, projectile."


n. 1 A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder. 2 (context figuratively English) An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected. 3 Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination. 4 (context soccer English) A very powerful shot.

  1. n. a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder [syn: bolt, bolt of lightning]

  2. a shocking surprise; "news of the attack came like a bombshell" [syn: bombshell, thunderclap]

Thunderbolt, GA -- U.S. town in Georgia
Population (2000): 2340
Housing Units (2000): 1096
Land area (2000): 1.273892 sq. miles (3.299364 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.178161 sq. miles (0.461435 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.452053 sq. miles (3.760799 sq. km)
FIPS code: 76364
Located within: Georgia (GA), FIPS 13
Location: 32.032111 N, 81.051733 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Thunderbolt, GA

A thunderbolt or lightning bolt is a symbolic representation of lightning when accompanied by a loud thunderclap. In ancient Hellenic and Roman religious traditions, the thunderbolt represents Zeus or Jupiter (etymologically 'Sky Father'), thence the origin and ordaining pattern of the universe, as expressed in Heraclitus' fragment describing "the Thunderbolt that steers the course of all things". It is the same in other Indo-European traditions, for example the Vedic Vajra.

In its original usage the word may also have been a description of the consequences of a close approach between two planetary cosmic bodies, as Plato suggested in Timaeus, or, according to Victor Clube, meteors, though this is not currently the case. As a divine manifestation the thunderbolt has been a powerful symbol throughout history, and has appeared in many mythologies. Drawing from this powerful association, the thunderbolt is often found in military symbolism and semiotic representations of electricity.

Thunderbolt (1929 film)

Thunderbolt is a 1929 American Pre-Code proto-noir film which tells the story of a criminal, facing execution, who wants to kill the man in the next cell for being in love with his girlfriend. It stars George Bancroft, Fay Wray, Richard Arlen, Tully Marshall and Eugenie Besserer.

The movie was adapted by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Joseph L. Mankiewicz (titles) and Josef von Sternberg from the story by Charles Furthman and Jules Furthman. It was directed by Sternberg.

Bancroft was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Thunderbolt (1910 film)

Thunderbolt is a 1910 film in the genre of "outlaw" films at the time that tended to glorify the life of the outlaw " Bushrangers" that roamed the Australian outback in pre-commonwealth days. Shortly after this movie was made, the government of New South Wales banned the manufacture of this type of film on the basis that they were promoting crime.

It was the directorial debut of John Gavin who later claimed it was the first "four-reel movie" made in Australia.

Unlike most Australian silent films, part of the movie survives today.

Thunderbolt (disambiguation)

A thunderbolt a symbolic representation of lightning when accompanied by a loud thunderclap.

Thunderbolt may also refer to:

Thunderbolt (comics)

Thunderbolt, in comics. may refer to:

  • Thunderbolt (Marvel Comics), a Daredevil supporting character
  • Thunderbolts (comics), a Marvel Comics team of reformed supervillains
  • Thunderbolt Ross, an Incredible Hulk supporting character
  • Thunderbolt, a genie associated with the DC Comics characters Johnny Thunder and Jakeem Thunder
  • Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, a Charlton Comics character
  • Thunderbolt Jaxon, a Golden Age British superhero currently being revived in a Wildstorm comic series by Dave Gibbons and John Higgins
Thunderbolt (1995 film)

Thunderbolt (Piklik Foh) is a 1995 Hong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan and directed by Gordon Chan. In early North American releases, it was known as Dead Heat.

Thunderbolt is set around the world of auto racing. The film is multilingual; characters speak Cantonese, English and Japanese interchangeably. Because Jackie had injured his leg during the shooting of Rumble in the Bronx, he was unable to perform some of the stunts. During the fight-scene at the pachinko hall in Japan, he was forced to use a stunt double for the wide-angle shots.

Thunderbolt (Kennywood)

The Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. It was built by John A. Miller in 1924. The ride's name was Pippin until 1967, when it was changed to Thunderbolt beginning with the 1968 season, coinciding with an expansion of the track headed up by Andy Vettel. The all-wood coaster follows the surrounding terrain with a track length of 2,887 feet (880 m). Its maximum height is 70 feet (21 m), but because of the track layout and the natural ravines on which the ride is set, the maximum drop is 95 feet (29 m). Reaching a maximum speed of 55 mph (88.5 km/h), the ride takes 108 seconds to complete its circuit.

An interesting feature of the Thunderbolt is that after departing from the station, the train does not immediately go up the lift hill as on most other coasters. Instead, it immediately goes into the first drop and the lift hill is in the middle of the ride after the second drop.

Most of the ride was left intact except for the double dip, station, and station turn-around to the first hill which were removed in 1968 for the addition of the new front helix hills necessary for the transformation of The Pippin into the new Thunderbolt roller coaster. The four drops down a ravine were incorporated in the Andy Vettel-designed Thunderbolt coaster. The Thunderbolt was rated the #1 roller coaster by the New York Times in 1974, and it still is the most popular ride at Kennywood. The Thunderbolt still uses the 1958 Pippin trains manufactured by the National Amusement Device Company, known as "Century Flyers."

Thunderbolt (Six Flags New England)

Thunderbolt is a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags New England. Opened in 1941, It was designed by Harry Baker and Harry Traver, and built by Joseph Drambour. Thunderbolt is the oldest roller coaster at Six Flags New England. It is also the oldest roller coaster in any Six Flags park (the Wild One at Six Flags America was built in 1917, but it was relocated from Paragon Park and has only been at Six Flags America since 1986). The single PTC train has 4 cars, and an individual lap bar and seatbelt for each person. An attendant has to manually unlock each car's lap bars by stepping on and pushing down a release bar at the front of each car. Thunderbolt was dedicated an ACE Coaster Landmark on August 2, 2008. It has also recently received a new coat of paint.

Thunderbolt (1925 roller coaster)

The Thunderbolt was a wooden roller coaster located at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. It operated from 1925 until 1982 and was finally demolished in autumn 2000. It was designed by John Miller. In June 2013, it was announced that a new steel roller coaster would be constructed on Coney Island named the Thunderbolt. Although they share the same name, the new coaster bears no resemblance to the old one, as the new version is made of steel and uses a completely different design.

Thunderbolt (Marvel Comics)

Thunderbolt is the name of two fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Thunderbolt (car)

Thunderbolt was a British Land Speed Record holder of the 1930s, driven by Captain George E.T. Eyston.

Thunderbolt (Dreamworld)

The Thunderbolt was a steel roller coaster at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia. It was the park's original roller coaster opening in April 1982 before being closed on 8 August 2003. It was demolished the following year.

Thunderbolt (Norwegian band)

Thunderbolt is a Norwegian heavy metal band.

Thunderbolt (2014 roller coaster)

thumb|left|Under construction Thunderbolt is a steel roller coaster at Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City.

The Thunderbolt is located near Surf Avenue and West 15th Street in Coney Island and is built next to the B&B Carousell.

Thunderbolt (interface)

Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface that allows the connection of external peripherals to a computer. Thunderbolt 1 and 2 use the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP), while Thunderbolt 3 uses USB Type-C. It was initially developed and marketed under the name Light Peak, and first sold as part of a consumer product on February 24, 2011.

Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into one serial signal, and additionally provides DC power, all in one cable. Up to six peripherals may be supported by one connector through various topologies.

Usage examples of "thunderbolt".

They no sooner appeared in the sky before they were attacked by a horde of the alated and the ships went up in smoke as soon as the thunderbolts reached their vital parts.

The true alchemist would never have lost his dignity by creating butterflies, birds and thunderbolts .

At the Bombay Bhel, they barely had time to eat their aloo tikki and drink their Thunderbolt beer.

Synagogue of Satan to hurl thunderbolts against the Holy Apostolic See, and diabolically to decree the subjection of the Pope to the Council, the confiscation of his annates, dearer to him than the apple of his eye, and finally his own deposition.

There we intended to casually engage happy-hour patrons in discussion of Thunderbolt, Perry, the proposed buyout, and even Tiger Defense in a last-ditch attempt to track down Man of the People and to uncover any possible clues as to what, precisely, was so dirty about this deal.

Perry launched the Thunderbolt buyout, they had to scrap their careful plans.

I could have used a good associate, because I was soon busy at work again, helping Frank Kryzluk and the Thunderbolt board of directors put together an employee buyout of the company.

I tell you with absolute certainty there are millions of carats of diamonds lying in the crotch of Thunderbolt and Suicide.

His lips were pursed up and he was bending over almost to the surface of the water, when something dashed past him, and an instant later something else struck him like a thunderbolt from behind, and drove him headforemost into the brook!

But, ten minutes after the smiling Lathi Tal had vanished, like a thunderbolt upon the heads of Van Houten and Groot descended the purport of a document which that confidential person must have accidentally dropped in their shop.

The thunderbolt without the reverberations of thunder would frighten man but little, though the danger lies in the lightning, not in the noise.

Bettik, Rachel and Theo, George and Jigme, Kuku and Kay, Chim Din and Gyalo Thondup, Lhomo and Labsang, Kim Byung-Soon and Viki Groselj, Kenshiro and Haruyuki, Master Abbot Kempo Ngha Wang Tashi and his master, the young Dalai Lama, Voytek Majer and Janusz Kurtyka, brooding Rimsi Kyipup and grinning Changchi Kenchung, the Dorje Phamo the Thunderbolt Sow and Carl Linga William Eiheji.

Each akshohini of the army had its own vajra squad, named after the mythic thunderbolt of Lord Indra, ruler of the devas.

Such deities were the Thracian Bendis, whose manifestation was heralded by the howling of her fierce black hounds, and Hecate the terrible QUeen of the realm of ghosts, as Euripides calls her, and the vampire Mormo and the dark Summanus who at midnight hurled loud thunderbolts and launched the deadly levin through the starless sky.

All eyes were turned for a moment towards the procureur, who sat as motionless as though a thunderbolt had changed him into a corpse.