American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Thunder-Storm

THUN’DER-STORM, n. [thunder and storm.] A storm accompanied with lightning and thunder. Thunder clouds are often driven by violent winds. In America, the violence of the wind at the commencement, is sometimes equal to that of a hurricane, and at this time the explosions of electricity are the most terrible. This violence of the wind seldom continues longer than a few minutes, and after this subsides, the rain continues, but the peals of thunder are less frequent. These violent showers sometimes continue for hours; more generally, they are of shorter duration.

THUN’DER-STORM, v.t. [thunder and strike.]

1. To strike, blast or injure by lightning. [Little used in its literal sense.]

2. To astonish or strike dumb, as with something terrible. [Little used except in the participle.]

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Thunder-Storm," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed March 2, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4LVSCJJ6P4R231E.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Thunder-Storm." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 2 Mar. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4LVSCJJ6P4R231E.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Thunder-Storm' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 2 March 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4LVSCJJ6P4R231E.