|—vb , steals, stealing, stole, stolen|
|1.||to take (something) from someone, etc without permission or unlawfully, esp in a secret manner|
|2.||(tr) to obtain surreptitiously|
|3.||(tr) to appropriate (ideas, etc) without acknowledgment, as in plagiarism|
|4.||to move or convey stealthily: they stole along the corridor|
|5.||(intr) to pass unnoticed: the hours stole by|
|6.||(tr) to win or gain by strategy or luck, as in various sports: to steal a few yards|
|7.||steal a march on to obtain an advantage over, esp by a secret or underhand measure|
|8.||steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him|
|9.||steal the show to be looked upon as the most interesting, popular, etc, esp unexpectedly|
|10.||the act of stealing|
|11.||something stolen or acquired easily or at little cost|
|[Old English stelan; related to Old Frisian, Old Norse stela Gothic stilan, German stehlen]|
|1.||a loud cracking or deep rumbling noise caused by the rapid expansion of atmospheric gases which are suddenly heated by lightning|
|2.||any loud booming sound|
|3.||rare a violent threat or denunciation|
|4.||steal someone's thunder to detract from the attention due to another by forestalling him or her|
|5.||to make (a loud sound) or utter (words) in a manner suggesting thunder|
|7.||(intr) to move fast and heavily: the bus thundered downhill|
|8.||(intr) to utter vehement threats or denunciation; rail|
|[Old English thunor; related to Old Saxon thunar, Old High German donar, Old Norse thōrr; see |
The diversion of blood flow from its normal course.
|thunder (thŭn'dər) Pronunciation Key
The explosive noise that accompanies a stroke of lightning. Thunder is a series of sound waves produced by the rapid expansion of the air through which the lightning passes. Sound travels about 1 km in 3 seconds (about 1 mi in 5 seconds). The distance between an observer and a lightning flash can be calculated by counting the number of seconds between the flash and the thunder. See Note at lightning.
To upstage someone; to destroy the effect of what someone does or says by doing or saying the same thing first: “The Republicans stole the Democrats' thunder by including the most popular provisions of the Democratic proposal in their own bill.”
The noise created when air rushes back into a region from which it has been expelled by the passage of lightning.
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 Palestine.
steal someone's thunder
Use or appropriate another's idea, especially to one's advantage, as in It was Harold's idea but they stole his thunder and turned it into a massive advertising campaign without giving him credit. This idiom comes from an actual incident in which playwright and critic John Dennis (1657-1734) devised a "thunder machine" (by rattling a sheet of tin backstage) for his play, Appius and Virginia (1709), and a few days later discovered the same device being used in a performance of Macbeth, whereupon he declared, "They steal my thunder."