In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Meteorologytruenosa clap of thunder — un trueno
- to look like thunder/ as black as thunder — tener cara de pocos amigos
- to steal sb's thunder — quitarle la primicia a algn
- There were hailstones, rarely heard loud thunder, lightning, strong gusty winds and sheets of rain.
- Flash floods with thunder and lightning were rampant at the weekend.
- Begin your turnaround when you hear thunder (which means lightning is one to ten miles away).
- It started to rain, with flashes of lightning and booms of thunder sounding in the distance.
- If you see lightning or hear thunder, head for shelter immediately.
- We hear thunder because lightning heats the air to more than 43,000 degrees, causing the air to quickly expand.
- Lightning finally flashed and seconds after thunder boomed.
- Seers interpreted claps of thunder, lightning flashes or the condition of a sacrificed animal's entrails.
- Count the seconds between the lightning and the thunder, each second represents 300 m distance from the thunderstorm.
- The wind was now strong and cold, with rain, hail and an occasional flash of lightning and roll of thunder.
- The lighting flashed continuously and rumbling thunder followed.
- In Summer, storms with thunder, lightning and hail are quite common, and sometimes even mini-tornadoes are reported!
- These clouds often bring thunder and lightning, and can also bring funnel clouds or even tornadoes.
- With no warning or dimming of lights, the Stanley Theatre suddenly shook with loud thunder and lightning.
- Take a dark rainy night, with thunder rolling and lightning flashing and it would be perfect.
- Why don't hurricanes have much lightning and thunder even though they are made of thunderstorms?
- I ran out of the shop and as I did so there was a loud clap of thunder and a flash of lightning.
- A thunderstorm hit us with no warning and we lay soaked, silent and shivering with cold as the lightning and thunder crashed around us.
- In fact the last hour on the course was played out to the accompaniment of claps of thunder and flashes of lightning, but it stayed dry.
- We had driving snow, with flashes of blue lightning and rolling thunder.
2(sound)a thunder of applause — una salva de aplausos
- the thunder of the waterfall/the traffic — el estruendo de la cascada/del tráfico
1(artillery) tronar(waves) bramar
2(move loudly)they thundered up the stairs — subieron las escaleras ruidosamente
- the train thundered through the station — el tren pasó por la estación con gran estruendo
1(shout)get out! he thundered — —¡fuera de aquí! —bramó / rugió
- he thundered out the order — dio la orden a voz en cuello / a voz en grito
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