thunder Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “thunder” in the English Dictionary

"thunder" in British English

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uk   /ˈθʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
B1 [U] the ​suddenloudnoise that comes from the ​skyespecially during a ​storm: a clap of thunder thunder and ​lightning [S] a ​continuousloudnoise: I couldn't ​hear what he was saying over the thunder of the ​waterfall.
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uk   /ˈθʌn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
[I] When it thunders, a ​loudnoise comes from the ​sky: The ​skygrewdark and it ​started to thunder. [I + adv/prep] to ​move, making a lot of ​noise: The ​train thundered past, ​shaking the ​wholehouse. [I] to ​shoutangrily: [+ speech] "I never ​want to ​see you here again!" he thundered.
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/
We could ​hear the thundering (= ​continuousloudnoise) of the ​guns all ​night.
(Definition of thunder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"thunder" in American English

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thundernoun [U]

 us   /ˈθʌn·dər/
the ​sudden, ​loudnoise that comes after a ​flash of ​lightning: a ​clap of thunder

thunderverb [I]

 us   /ˈθʌn·dər/
to ​produce thunder after a ​flash of ​lightning: The ​skygrewdark and it ​started to thunder. The ​horses thundered past (= moved making a lot of ​noise), ​shaking the ​house.
(Definition of thunder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “thunder”
in Korean 천둥…
in Arabic رَعْد…
in Malaysian guruh, petir, bunyi gemuruh…
in French tonnerre…
in Russian гром…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雷,雷聲, 雷鳴般的響聲,轟隆聲…
in Italian tuono, tuoni…
in Turkish gök gürlemesi…
in Polish grzmot…
in Spanish trueno, estruendo…
in Vietnamese sấm, tiếng sấm, tiếng sét…
in Portuguese trovão…
in Thai ฟ้าร้อง, เสียงฟ้าร้อง…
in German der Donner, das Donnern…
in Catalan tro…
in Japanese 雷鳴…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雷,雷声, 雷鸣般的响声,轰隆声…
in Indonesian guntur, bunyi mengguruh…
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