Thun·der v. i. [imp. & p. p. Thundered p. pr. & vb. n. Thundering.]
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.
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.
Thun·der, v. t. To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation.
Were daily thundered in our general's ear. --Dryden.
An archdeacon, as being a prelate, may thunder out an ecclesiastical censure. --Ayliffe.
n 1: a deep prolonged loud noise [syn: boom, roar, roaring]
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
v 1: move fast, noisily, and heavily; "The bus thundered down the
2: utter words loudly and forcefully; "`Get out of here,' he
roared" [syn: roar]
3: be the case that thunder is being heard; "Whenever it
thunders, my dog crawls under the bed" [syn: boom]
4: to make or produce a loud noise; "The river thundered
below"; "The engine roared as the driver pushed the car to
often referred to in Scripture (Job 40:9; Ps. 77:18; 104:7).
James and John were called by our Lord "sons of thunder" (Mark
3:17). In Job 39:19, instead of "thunder," as in the Authorized
Version, the Revised Version translates (ra'amah) by "quivering
main" (marg., "shaking"). Thunder accompanied the giving of the
law at Sinai (Ex. 19:16). It was regarded as the voice of God
(Job 37:2; Ps. 18:13; 81:7; comp. John 12:29). In answer to
Samuel's prayer (1 Sam. 12:17, 18), God sent thunder, and "all
the people greatly feared," for at such a season (the
wheat-harvest) thunder and rain were almost unknown in