thunder


thunder
/ˈθʌndə / (say 'thunduh)

noun
1. the loud noise which accompanies a flash of lightning, due to violent disturbance of the air by a discharge of electricity.
2. Chiefly Poetic the destructive agent in a thunderstorm.
3. any loud, resounding noise: thunders of applause.
4. a threatening or startling utterance, denunciation, or the like.
verb (i)
5. to give forth thunder (often with impersonal it as subject): it thundered last night.
6. to make a loud, resounding noise like thunder.
7. to utter loud or vehement denunciations, threats, or the like.
8. to speak in a very loud tone.
9. to move or go with a loud noise.
verb (t)
10. to strike, drive, inflict, give forth, etc., with loud noise or violent action.
phrase
11. steal someone's thunder, to appropriate or use another's idea, plan, etc. {Phrase Origin: from the reported angry cry of English dramatist John Dennis (1657–1734) whose play Appius and Virginia closed after a very short season, but the thunder sound he created with a sheet of tin for that play was subsequently used for Macbeth. At opening night, he was reported to have called out in anger `Damn them … they will not let my play run but they steal my thunder!'}
{Middle English; Old English þunor, related to German Donner, Icelandic Thōrr Thor, distantly related to Latin tonitrus thunder. See Donar}
thunderless, adjective

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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