- striking as with lightning; sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling.
- Pathology. (of disease) beginning in a sudden and severe form.
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The helm was eased a little, and the ship sheered nearer to le Foudroyant.The Two Admirals
J. Fenimore Cooper
That of the Monmouth was 540 pounds, that of the Foudroyant was 1136 pounds.
The "Foudroyant" came in sight on the afternoon of the 24th.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2)
A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
The Foudroyant, which was taken into the service, was looked upon for many years as the finest ship in the British Navy.
The Foudroyant's superior manœuvring enabled her to commence the engagement by a raking fire.
- (of a disease) occurring suddenly and with great severity
- rare stunning, dazzling, or overwhelming