thundering

[ thuhn-der-ing ]
/ ˈθʌn dər ɪŋ /

adjective

of, relating to, or accompanied by thunder.
producing a noise or effect like thunder.
very great; extraordinary: a thundering amount of work.

noun

Origin of thundering

before 1100; Middle English thundring, Old English thunring thunder. See thunder, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

thun·der·ing·ly, adverbun·thun·der·ing, adjective

Definition for thundering (2 of 2)

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.

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

Related forms

thun·der·er, nounthun·der·less, adjectiveout·thun·der, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for thundering (1 of 2)

thundering

/ (ˈθʌndərɪŋ) /

adjective

(prenominal) slang very great or excessivea thundering idiot

Derived Forms

thunderingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for thundering (2 of 2)

thunder

/ (ˈθʌndə) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

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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Science definitions for thundering

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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Culture definitions for thundering

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 thundering

thunder

see under steal someone's thunder.


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