Thunder

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thunder \Thun"der\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Thundered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thundering}.] [AS. [thorn]unrian. See {Thunder}, noun]

1. 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? --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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thunder \Thun"der\, noun [OE. [thorn]under, [thorn]onder, [thorn]oner, AS. [thorn]unor; akin to [thorn]unian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. [thorn][=o]rr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. to'nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. [root]52. See {Thin}, and cf. {Astonish}, {Detonate}, {Intone}, {Thursday}, {Tone}.]

1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.

2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. [Obs.]

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}. (Zool.) (a) The croaker ({Haploidontus grunniens}). (b) The American bittern or stake-driver.

{Thunder rod}, a lightning rod. [R.]

{Thunder snake}. (Zool.) (a) The chicken, or milk, snake. (b) A small reddish ground snake ({Carphophis amoena} syn. {Celuta amoena}) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also {worm snake}.

{Thunder tube}, a fulgurite. See {Fulgurite}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thunder \Thun"der\, verb (used with an object) 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thunder

noun

1: a deep prolonged loud noise [syn: {boom}, {roar}, {roaring}, {thunder}]

2: a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning

3: street names for heroin [syn: {big H}, {hell dust}, {nose drops}, {smack}, {thunder}, {skag}, {scag}]

verb

1: move fast, noisily, and heavily; "The bus thundered down the road"

2: utter words loudly and forcefully; "'Get out of here,' he roared" [syn: {thunder}, {roar}]

3: be the case that thunder is being heard; "Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed" [syn: {thunder}, {boom}]

4: to make or produce a loud noise; "The river thundered below"; "The engine roared as the driver pushed the car to full throttle"


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