• WordNet 3.6
    • v thunder utter words loudly and forcefully "`Get out of here,' he roared"
    • v thunder to make or produce a loud noise "The river thundered below","The engine roared as the driver pushed the car to full throttle"
    • v thunder move fast, noisily, and heavily "The bus thundered down the road"
    • v thunder be the case that thunder is being heard "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed"
    • n thunder street names for heroin
    • n thunder a deep prolonged loud noise
    • n thunder a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From 1967-1976, the town of Tororo located in Uganda had thunder 251 out of the 365 days in a year for those years.
    • Thunder An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation. "The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes."
    • Thunder Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon.
    • Thunder Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance. "His dreadful voice no more
      Would thunder in my ears."
    • Thunder The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. "The revenging gods
      'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend."
    • Thunder The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
    • v. t Thunder To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation. "Oracles severe
      Were daily thundered in our general's ear."
      "An archdeacon, as being a prelate, may thunder out an ecclesiastical censure."
    • Thunder To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally; as, it thundered continuously. "Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?"
    • Thunder To utter violent denunciation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Madonna suffers from garophobia (the fear of thunder).
    • n thunder The loud noise which follows a flash of lightning, due to the sudden disturbance of the air by a violent discharge of electricity through it. The character of the sound varies with the force and the distance of the discharge, the form, number, and relative arrangement of the clouds, and the nature of the surrounding country. The position of the observer relative to the path of the discharge has also an important influence on the character of the sound heard. If the observer is about equally distant from the two bodies between which the discharge takes place, the sound is short and sharp, while if his position is approximately in line with the path of discharge, so as to be considerably further from one body than the other, the sound is prolonged into a long roll, due to the difference of time which the sound takes to reach the ear from the different parts of the path. In hilly regions, and where there are many clouds in the neighborhood of the discharge, the sound is echoed and reechoed, causing a prolonged and more or less continuous roar. As sound travels at the rate of about 1,100 feet per second, and light at the rate of about 186,000 miles per second, the number of miles the observer is from the discharge will be nearly one fifth the number of seconds which elapse between seeing the flash and hearing the sound. Discharges between clouds high up in the atmosphere are not usually heard through so long distances as might be expected, owing to the diminution of the intensity of sounds in passing from rarer to denser media. Discharges from clouds near the earth's surface to the earth can be heard as far as any other sound of equal intensity.
    • n thunder The destructive agent in a thunder-storm; a discharge of lightning; a thunderbolt.
    • n thunder Any loud resounding noise: as, thunders of applause.
    • n thunder An awful or startling denunciation or threat.
    • n thunder As an exclamation, an abbreviation of by thunder, a mild oath. Compare thunderation.
    • thunder To give forth thunder; resound with thunder; formerly, to lighten (and thunder): often used impersonally: as, it thundered yesterday.
    • thunder To make a sound resembling thunder; make a loud noise, particularly a heavy sound of some continuance.
    • thunder To utter loud denunciations or threats.
    • thunder To emit with or as with the noise of thunder; utter with a loud and threatening voice; utter or issue by way of threat or denunciation.
    • thunder To lay on with vehemence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average rikishi tips the scales at about 280 pounds, but in 1988 the heaviest sumo westler ever recorded weighed in at a thundering 560 pounds.
    • n Thunder thun′dėr the deep rumbling sound after a flash of lightning, a thunderbolt: any loud noise: an alarming denunciation
    • v.i Thunder to make thunder: to sound as thunder
    • v.t Thunder to give out with noise and terror: to publish a denunciation
    • adj Thunder unusually big, tremendous
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  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “Democratic societies are unfit for the publication of such thunderous revelations as I am in the habit of making.”
  • Herman Melville
    “He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes.”
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “It was a thunderingly beautiful experience -- voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Is there not some chosen curse, some hidden thunder in the stores of heaven, red with uncommon wrath, to blast the man who owes his greatness to his country's ruin!”
  • Mark Twain
    “Thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.”


Blood and thunder - An emotional speech or performance is full of blood and thunder.
Face like thunder - If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
Steal someone's thunder - If someone steals your thunder, they take the credit and praise for something you did.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. þunder, þonder, þoner, AS. þunor,; akin to þunian, to stretch, to thunder, D. donder, thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. þōrr, Thor, L. tonare, to thunder, tonitrus, thunder, Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan, to stretch. √52. See Thin, and cf. Astonish Detonate Intone Thursday Tone


In literature:

Suddenly, through the jungle, which was now quite dark, there came a distant sound as if of thunder.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
It emits thunder and lightning.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
He thought he heard a roar of thunder, and rain descending upon the roof.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The hundred guns thundered against the Merrimac, and the Merrimac thundered against the Congress.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The Thunder Birds come and go upon this tree.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
I stood staring at him, myself motionless, for some minutes, too greatly astonished and thunder-struck to note more than that he was a man.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
He promptly took it, and Quinn went away with the calmness of a silently gathering thunder-cloud.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
The thunder of their broadsides resounded far and wide over the ocean.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Thunder rolled, and he became silent.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Guns began to bark, their feeble thunder all but drowned in the vast rush of the wind.
"A World is Born" by Leigh Douglass Brackett

In poetry:

Just time to count one,
A crack like a gun,
And then the echoing thunder.
"Thunder At Night" by Edith L M King
As the thunder growleth
In yon cloud afar,
In their bosoms broodeth
The black bolt of war.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
How is it that the flower I touch
grows dark
trees' rustle deaf
clouds turn to thunder above me.
"O You, My Silent Sadness" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
There, over unknown meadows
Which we must reach at last,
Day and night thunders
A black and chilly blast.
"The Day's March" by Robert Nichols
There over unknown meadows,
Which we must reach at last,
Day and night thunders
A black and chilly blast.
"The Approach" by Robert Nichols
In some Alpine cot, by fountains
Flowing from snow-shining mountains?
There the avalanches thunder,
Crushing all that lieth under!
"The Home of Peace" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Thundering Herd Madness on Friday is geared mostly toward the fans who are getting their first look at this season's team.
Thunder has one glaring shortcoming.
The Thunder has supplied some of the best highlights in the NBA this season.
Thundered an editorial in The Guardian, Nigeria's most respected newspaper.
TRENTON – It's comforting to know that the sky around the Thunder truly isn't falling.
Fans go to extremes to catch the Thunder.
Thunder Bay Theatre's current production of "Barefoot in the Park" is practically the definition of an oldie-but- goodie .
Graphic artist next up in Good Thunder.
And Athens Ave that consumed 184 acres of grassland near the Thunder Valley Casino.
The thunder of colliding black holes.
During Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, Thursday, June 21, 2012.
Thunder Gulch Leading Runners 2012.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will be in search of their fourth straight win.
Thor: First Thunder' proves once again Thor ( hee - hee ) rocks.
Kings fans hold up a sign as they cheer on the Sacramento Kings before their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Power Balance Pavilion on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 in Sacramento.

In science:

In case L = Fq (C ), Thunder proves the function field version of Masser-Vaaler’s result.
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q
Note that having additive height e corresponds to having Weil height qe and so the order of growth in Thunder’s formula exactly matches the one in Masser-Vaaler’s formula.
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q
Note that, after having the necessary notation in section 3, we will show that the corollary below is really Thunder’s result.
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q
For a given multisection Y in X corresponding a degree-d algebraic number P ∈ Fq (C ) over Fq (C ), e(Y ) = 2nd.h(P ) where h(P ) is the height function used in Thunder’s paper [Th2] and n = [Fq (C ) : Fq (t)].
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q
Having noted our notation, one can check that we get Thunder’s result for even integers d ∈ Z [Th2, Theorem 1] as an immediate corollary of Theorem 3.7: Corollary 3.8.
Counting Multisections in Conic Bundles over a Curve defined over F_q