from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A single sharp crash of thunder.
- n. Something, such as a startling or shocking piece of news, that is similar to a crash of thunder in suddenness or violence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. sudden thunder; a shock of thunder, as opposed to reverberating rumble
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sharp burst of thunder; a sudden report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clap or burst of thunder; a sudden report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity; a thunder-peal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a single sharp crash of thunder
- n. a shocking surprise
"I think the thunderclap was the collapse of the Gate he came through."
And the thunderclap that opens the fourth movement didn't quite come off, in part because there wasn't a lot of dynamic contrast from one movement to another, and in part because the chord wasn't quite together.
Sudden and decisive, like a thunderclap followed by a great rain that just kept going until it flooded the room with the collective approval of every person in the audience.
The phrase comes as a thunderclap and, without exculpating the soldiers, implies the failure lay with politicans who prosecuted a war without regard for consequences.
There was another thunderclap, close enough to make the ground shake this time.
There was the abrupt thunderclap of the engine turning over, the screech of the front end as the car wheeled round, pale miniature hands fluttering their goodbyes out the open window, and then, finally, silence.
Toward the end of How Great Thou Art, a thunderclap outside the tent brought a few laughs, but Thomas 'ending won a standing ovation.
They do always let me know that a storm is coming before I hear the first thunderclap.
And like a thunderclap, when you think back on its arrival, you realize you saw it coming for a long time - a short journey of Jorge and Sybille makes for a perfectly executed story, a tight little package of character, theme, style.
The ending of Born With The Dead comes almost too soon, but when it does come it arrives like a thunderclap.