- The loud rumbling, cracking, or crashing sound caused by expansion of rapidly heated air around a lightning bolt.
- Thunder is preceded by lightning.
- A deep, rumbling noise resembling thunder.
- Off in the distance, he heard the thunder of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
- An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
- The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes.
- (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.
- (figuratively) The spotlight.
- Shortly after I announced my pregnancy, he stole my thunder with his news of landing his dream job.
- German: Donnern
- Italian: fragore, frastuono
- Portuguese: estrondo
- Russian: ро́кот
- Spanish: estruendo, fragor
thunder (thunders, present participle thundering; past and past participle thundered)
- To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; often used impersonally.
- It thundered continuously.
- (intransitive) To make a noise like thunder.
- The train thundered along the tracks.
- (intransitive) To talk with a loud, threatening voice.
- (transitive) To say (something) with a loud, threatening voice.
- "Get back to work at once!", he thundered.
- To produce something with incredible power
- French: tonner
- German: donnern
- Italian: tuonare
- Portuguese: trovoar, trovejar
- Russian: греме́ть
- Spanish: tronar
- French: tonitruer