|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 |
|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.
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.