thunderclap


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thun·der·clap

 (thŭn′dər-klăp′)
n.
1. A single sharp crash of thunder.
2. Something that is startling, shocking, or unexpected.

thunderclap

(ˈθʌndəˌklæp)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a loud outburst of thunder
2. something as violent or unexpected as a clap of thunder

thun•der•clap

(ˈθʌn dərˌklæp)

n.
1. a crash of thunder.
2. something resembling a thunderclap, as in loudness or suddenness.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thunderclap - a single sharp crash of thunder
thunder - a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning
2.thunderclap - a shocking surprise; "news of the attack came like a bombshell"
surprise - a sudden unexpected event
Translations

thunderclap

[ˈθʌndəklæp] Ntrueno m

thunderclap

[ˈθʌndərklæp] ncoup m de tonnerre

thunderclap

[ˈθʌndəˌklæp] nrombo di tuono
References in classic literature ?
`I nodded, pointed to the sun, and gave them such a vivid rendering of a thunderclap as startled them.
Then, amid a long-drawn breath from the spectators, the glove fell from the marshal's hand, and the two steel-clad horsemen met like a thunderclap in front of the royal stand.
The captain broke loose upon the dead man like a thunderclap. Oaths rolled from his lips in a continuous stream.
We imagined we had educated it out of them; they thought so, too; the Interdict woke them up like a thunderclap! It revealed them to themselves, and it revealed them to me, too.
But Nastasia's communication struck him with the force of a thunderclap. On hearing of his uncle's death he suddenly grew as white as a sheet, and turned towards his informant.
"There," said he, "shalt thou round thy weary life, A blessing to the land wherein thou dwell'st, But to the land that cast thee forth, a curse." And of my weird he promised signs should come, Earthquake, or thunderclap, or lightning flash.
He was dizzy, aching, and felt shaken to pieces when something went off like a thunderclap just behind him.
Now his mother's letter had burst on him like a thunderclap. It was clear that he must not now suffer passively, worrying himself over unsolved questions, but that he must do something, do it at once, and do it quickly.
author!" were heard in the crowd), said that "hell must be repulsed by hell," and that he had seen a child smiling at lightning flashes and thunderclaps, but "we will not be that child."
"Yes, yes, at thunderclaps!" was repeated approvingly in the back rows of the crowd.
The thunderclaps, treading one on the heels of another and with a strange crackling accompaniment, sounded more like the working of a gigantic electric machine than the usual detonating reverberations.
But these images show what the streets and rows of Chester looked like one quiet Friday in July 1969, the week that world history was being made, at a time when anti war demonstration was rife in the midst of the Vietnam War and Thunderclap Newman were number one in the charts with Something in the Air.