thunderbolt


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thun·der·bolt

 (thŭn′dər-bōlt′)
n.
1. A discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder.
2. A flash of lightning conceived as a bolt or dart hurled from the heavens.
3. A startling, forceful action: "Every political campaign manager saves a thunderbolt for the last week before Election Day" (Art Buchwald).

thunderbolt

(ˈθʌndəˌbəʊlt)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a flash of lightning accompanying thunder
2. the imagined agency of destruction produced by a flash of lightning
3. (Norse Myth & Legend) (in mythology) the destructive weapon wielded by several gods, esp the Greek god Zeus. See also Thor
4. something very startling

thun•der•bolt

(ˈθʌn dərˌboʊlt)

n.
1. a flash of lightning with the accompanying thunder.
2. an imaginary destructive missile cast to earth in a flash of lightning: the thunderbolts of Jove.
3. a person or thing that acts with destructive force, speed, or suddenness.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thunderbolt - a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunderthunderbolt - a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder
lightning - abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light
2.thunderbolt - a shocking surprise; "news of the attack came like a bombshell"
surprise - a sudden unexpected event
Translations
صاعِقَهمَفاجأَه عَظيمَه
bleskblesk z čistého nebe
et lyn fra en klar himmellynnedslag
eins og òruma úr heiîskíru loftielding
blesk z čistého neba
büyük sürprizyıldırım

thunderbolt

[ˈθʌndəbəʊlt] Nrayo m (fig) → rayo m, bomba f

thunderbolt

[ˈθʌndərbəʊlt] néclair m

thunderbolt

[ˈθʌndəˌbəʊlt] nfulmine m

thunder

(ˈθandə) noun
1. the deep rumbling sound heard in the sky after a flash of lightning. a clap/peal of thunder; a thunderstorm.
2. a loud rumbling. the thunder of horses' hooves.
verb
1. to sound, rumble etc. It thundered all night.
2. to make a noise like thunder. The tanks thundered over the bridge.
ˈthundering adjective
very great. a thundering idiot.
ˈthunderous adjective
like thunder. a thunderous noise.
ˈthunderously adverb
ˈthundery adjective
warning of, or likely to have or bring, thunder. thundery clouds/weather.
ˈthunderbolt noun
1. a flash of lightning immediately followed by thunder.
2. a sudden great surprise. Her arrival was a complete thunderbolt.
References in classic literature ?
That very night, the startling news so impatiently awaited, burst like a thunderbolt over the United States of the Union, and thence, darting across the ocean, ran through all the telegraphic wires of the globe.
And he was reigning in heaven, himself holding the lightning and glowing thunderbolt, when he had overcome by might his father Cronos; and he distributed fairly to the immortals their portions and declared their privileges.
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.
The thunderbolt without the reverberations of thunder would frighten man but little, though the danger lies in the lightning, not in the noise.
The Caliph's commandment fell upon me like a thunderbolt.
Madame de Villefort, who was in very good spirits, would neither believe nor think of the misfortune, but Mademoiselle Valentine, at the first words, guessed the whole truth, notwithstanding all the precautions of her father; the blow struck her like a thunderbolt, and she fell senseless.
De Winter fell back in a chair as though struck by a thunderbolt and in vain attempted a reply.
He could not live with the thought that a thunderbolt was ever in the skies, that at any moment his life might lie wrecked about him.
Already strong hands had been plucking me back from the ship's side; and now a thunderbolt seemed to strike me; I saw a great flash of fire, and fell senseless.
She had even taken a bitter pleasure and found a momentary relief in loosing the thunderbolt which had smitten him down.
Wilfred said, with a voice utterly undescribable: "I told Norman myself to beware of the thunderbolt.
To know that Marianne was in town was--in the same language-- a thunderbolt.