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. To make a loud noise; especially. A heavy sound, of some continuance. "His dreadful voice no more Would thunder in my ears." (Milton)

3. To utter violent denunciation.

Origin: AS. Unrian. See Thunder.

1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.

2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt. "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.

<zoology> The chicken, or milk, snake. A small reddish ground snake (Carphophis, or Celuta, amoena) native to the Eastern United States; called also worm snake. Thunder tube, a fulgurite. See Fulgurite.

Origin: OE. Under, onder, oner, AS. Unor; akin to unian to stretch, to thunder, D. Donder thunder, G. Donner, OHG. Donar, Icel. Orr Thor, L. Tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. A stretching, straining, Skr. Tan to stretch. 52. See Thin, and cf. Astonish, Detonate, Intone, Thursday, Tone.

(01 Mar 1998)

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