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From thunder +‎ bolt.


  • IPA(key): /ˈθʌndə(ɹ)ˌboʊlt/
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thunderbolt (plural thunderbolts)

  1. A flash of lightning accompanied by a crash of thunder.
  2. (figuratively) An event that is terrible, horrific or unexpected.
    News of the actress’s death came as a thunderbolt to her fans.
  3. Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.
    • 1627, G[eorge] H[akewill], An Apologie of the Povver and Prouidence of God in the Gouernment of the VVorld. [], Oxford, Oxfordshire: [] Iohn Lichfield and VVilliam Turner, [], OCLC 863459859:
      a thunder-bolt of warre Striking all Nations
  4. (soccer) A very powerful shot.
    • 2011 February 5, Michael Kevin Darling, “Tottenham 2 - 1 Bolton”, in BBC[1]:
      Substitute Niko Kranjcar's injury-time thunderbolt gave Tottenham a dramatic win over Bolton.
  5. (paleontology) A belemnite, or thunderstone.
  6. (heraldry) A charge in the form of two joined bundles with four rays of lightning emerging from them, resembling the thunderbolt of Jupiter.
  7. A daring or irresistible hero.

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