or thun·der-stone

[ thuhn-der-stohn ]

  1. any of various stones or fossils formerly thought to be fallen thunderbolts.

  2. Archaic. a thunderbolt or flash of lightning.

Origin of thunderstone

First recorded in 1590–1600; thunder + stone

Words Nearby thunderstone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thunderstone in a sentence

  • He describes the "thunderstone" as an "agglomeration of brick, soot, unburned coal, and cinder."

    The Book of the Damned | Charles Fort
  • The thunderstone, or thunderbolt, was supposed to have no power of harming any one who was asleep, or who wore laurel leaves.

  • He searched among the roots of this tree and found a "thunderstone."

    The Book of the Damned | Charles Fort
  • Meunier tells of another "thunderstone" said to have fallen in North Africa.

    The Book of the Damned | Charles Fort
  • In Notes and Queries, 2-8-92, a writer says that he had a "thunderstone," which he had brought from Jamaica.

    The Book of the Damned | Charles Fort

British Dictionary definitions for thunderstone


/ (ˈθʌndəˌstəʊn) /

  1. a long tapering stone, fossil, or similar object, formerly thought to be a thunderbolt

  2. an archaic word for thunderbolt

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