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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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. [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.