thunder

[ thuhn-der ]
/ ˈθʌn dər /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to strike, drive, inflict, give forth, etc., with loud noise or violent action.

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Idioms for thunder

    steal someone's thunder,
    1. to use for one's own purposes and without the knowledge or permission of the originator the inventions or ideas of another.
    2. to ruin or detract from the effect of a performance, remark, etc., by anticipating it.

Origin of thunder

before 900; (noun) Middle English thonder, thunder,Old English thunor; cognate with Dutch donder,German Donner;Old Norse thōrr Thor, literally, thunder; (v.) Middle English thondren,Old English thunrian, derivative of the v.; akin to Latin tonāre to thunder

OTHER WORDS FROM thunder

thun·der·er, nounthun·der·less, adjectiveoutthunder, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for thunder

thunder
/ (ˈθʌndə) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of thunder

thunderer, nounthundery, adjective

Word Origin for thunder

Old English thunor; related to Old Saxon thunar, Old High German donar, Old Norse thōrr; see Thor, Thursday
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Scientific definitions for thunder

thunder
[ thŭndər ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for thunder

thunder

The noise created when air rushes back into a region from which it has been expelled by the passage of lightning.

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Idioms and Phrases with thunder

thunder

see under steal someone's thunder.

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