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 ?
They were just beginning to adjust themselves to this necessity, when out of the clear sky there fell a thunderbolt upon them--a calamity that scattered all their hopes to the four winds.
To know that Marianne was in town was--in the same language-- a thunderbolt.
Why had the mere name of this unresisting individual--whom his word now sufficed to control like a child--fallen on him, a few hours since, as a thunderbolt might fall on an oak?
Without more directly referring to any latent ability that may possibly exist on my part, of wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame in any quarter, I may be permitted to observe, in passing, that my brightest visions are for ever dispelled - that my peace is shattered and my power of enjoyment destroyed - that my heart is no longer in the right place - and that I no more walk erect before my fellow man.
And when he did look around, it was with the astonished air of one at whose feet a thunderbolt has just burst, and who hears still the astounding report ringing in his ears.
The Caliph's commandment fell upon me like a thunderbolt.
Then there came a thunderbolt out of a blue sky, a wholly unforeseen disaster.
The fear thou art in, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "prevents thee from seeing or hearing correctly, for one of the effects of fear is to derange the senses and make things appear different from what they are; if thou art in such fear, withdraw to one side and leave me to myself, for alone I suffice to bring victory to that side to which I shall give my aid;" and so saying he gave Rocinante the spur, and putting the lance in rest, shot down the slope like a thunderbolt.
This alternative of millions to be earned and present ruin staring him in the face, deprived the purveyor of most of his faculties: he became nearly imbecile for several days; the man had so abused his health by excesses that when the thunderbolt fell upon him he had no strength to resist.
To my shame be it said, I had thought at first of nothing but the part that I was to play, of my own cleverness, of how I should demean myself; but now that I was in the country, an ominous thought flashed through my soul like a thunderbolt tearing its way through a veil of gray cloud.
Sir, on the contrary, with this gun every blow is mortal; and, however lightly the animal is touched, it falls as if struck by a thunderbolt.
Had a thunderbolt fallen into the room, Villefort could not have been more stupefied.