The beasts are huge, hulking, fast and unpredictable—tons of muscle, horn and thundering hooves.
John McCain voted for federal funding in 2007, thundering about thousands of frozen embryos.
There came a thundering challenge, followed by fierce blows rained upon the door.
She gave ftes and banquets while the English were thundering at the gates of the capital.
Sometime when a thundering roller broke across the mole she vanished.
Let shouts and yells and curses supply the place of thundering artillery!
Here; lend us a hand, and let me get off this thundering bed, anyhow.
This brought on thundering roars of laughter and drinks all around.
Then he laid himself down gently again to think it all out as far as a thundering headache would permit of mental operations.
The aid went down the stairs with thundering heels and raging heart.
Old English þunor, from Proto-Germanic *thunraz (cf. 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" (cf. Sanskrit tanayitnuh "thundering," Persian tundar "thunder," Latin tonare "to thunder"). Swedish tordön is literally "Thor's din." The intrusive -d- is also found in Dutch and Icelandic versions of the word.
Old English þunrian, from the source of thunder (n.). Figurative sense of "to speak loudly, threateningly, bombastically" is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Thundered; thundering.
The explosive noise that accompanies a stroke of lightning. Thunder is a series of sound waves produced by the rapid expansion of the air through which the lightning passes. Sound travels about 1 km in 3 seconds (about 1 mi in 5 seconds). The distance between an observer and a lightning flash can be calculated by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the thunder. See Note at lightning.
The noise created when air rushes back into a region from which it has been expelled by the passage of lightning.