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thunderclap

[thuhn-der-klap] /ˈθʌn dərˌklæp/
noun
1.
a crash of thunder.
2.
something resembling a thunderclap, as in loudness or unexpectedness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English thonder clappe. See thunder, clap1
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  • Suddenly, there was a thunderclap and a flash summer storm.
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  • They may slightly rattle dishes and disturb pictures, in much the same way as a thunderclap would.
  • To judge how close lightning is, count the seconds between the flash and the thunderclap.
British Dictionary definitions for thunderclap

thunderclap

/ˈθʌndəˌklæp/
noun
1.
a loud outburst of thunder
2.
something as violent or unexpected as a clap of thunder
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Word Origin and History for thunderclap
n.

late 14c., from thunder (n.) + clap (n.1).

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