• (RP) IPA: /ˈθʌndə/
  • (GA) enPR: thŭn′dər, IPA: /ˈθʌndɚ/


  1. The loud rumbling, cracking, or crashing sound caused by expansion of rapidly heated air around a lightning bolt.
    Thunder is preceded by lightning.
  2. A deep, rumbling noise resembling thunder.
    Off in the distance, he heard the thunder of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
  3. An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
    • The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes.
  4. (obsolete) The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      The revenging gods / 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend.
  5. (figuratively) The spotlight.
    Shortly after I announced my pregnancy, he stole my thunder with his news of landing his dream job.
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thunder (thunders, present participle thundering; past and past participle thundered)

  1. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally.
    It thundered continuously.
  2. (intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.
    The train thundered along the tracks.
  3. (intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
  4. (transitive) To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
    "Get back to work at once!", he thundered.
  5. To produce something with incredible power
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Proper noun
  1. The 13th sura (chapter) of the Qur'an.

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