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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
But Nastasia's communication struck him with the force of a thunderclap.
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.
I never feared rains, thunderclaps and storms until I encountered Lawin,' said Candy Soberano, a wife and mother of two in Laoag City.
Residents filmed the cocktail of wintery conditions as the skies turned black before thunderclaps signalled the start of the 30-minute freak storm.