Thunder

Definition of Thunder

Thun´der
n.1.The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
2.The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
The revenging gods
'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend.
- Shak.
3.Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon.
4.An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation.
The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes.
- Prescott.
Thunder pumper
a - (Zool.) The croaker (Haploidontus grunniens).
b - The American bittern or stake-driver.
Thunder rod
a lightning rod.
Thunder snake
a - (Zool.) The chicken, or milk, snake.
b - A small reddish ground snake (Carphophis amœna syn. Celuta amœna) native to the Eastern United States; - called also worm snake.
Thunder tube
a fulgurite. See Fulgurite.
v. i.1.To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; - often used impersonally; as, it thundered continuously.
[imp. & p. p. Thundered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thundering.]
Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
- Job xl. 9.
2.Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance.
His dreadful voice no more
Would thunder in my ears.
- Milton.
3.To utter violent denunciation.
v. t.1.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.
- Dryden.
An archdeacon, as being a prelate, may thunder out an ecclesiastical censure.
- Ayliffe.

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