a) a large, dark cloud, usually a cumulonimbus, charged with electricity and producing thunder and lightning; a stormcloud

As the ominous thunderclouds of war gather over the Middle East, countries like France and Russia have threatened to use their veto in the United Nations to thwart immediate U.S. military force against Iraq. - [

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  • Thundercloud — Thun der*cloud , n. A cloud charged with electricity, and producing lightning and thunder. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thundercloud — ► NOUN ▪ a cumulus cloud with a towering or spreading top, charged with electricity and producing thunder and lightning …   English terms dictionary

  • thundercloud — [thun′dərkloud΄] n. a storm cloud charged with electricity and producing lightning and thunder …   English World dictionary

  • thundercloud — UK [ˈθʌndə(r)ˌklaʊd] / US [ˈθʌndərˌklaʊd] noun [countable] Word forms thundercloud : singular thundercloud plural thunderclouds a big dark cloud that you see during a storm …   English dictionary

  • thundercloud — [[t]θʌ̱ndə(r)klaʊd[/t]] thunderclouds N COUNT A thundercloud is a large dark cloud that is likely to produce thunder and lightning …   English dictionary

  • thundercloud — noun Date: 1697 a cloud charged with electricity and producing lightning and thunder …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thundercloud — /thun deuhr klowd /, n. cumulonimbus. Also, thunderclouds. [1690 1700; THUNDER + CLOUD] * * * …   Universalium

  • thundercloud — Synonyms and related words: Cloudcuckooland, alto cumulus, alto stratus, angry clouds, anvil cloud, banner cloud, billowy cloud, black cat, black clouds, broken mirror, cap cloud, cirro cumulus, cirro fillum, cirro nebula, cirro stratus, cirro… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • thundercloud — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An indication of impending danger or harm: foreboding, forewarning, threat. Idioms: gathering clouds, storm clouds. See FORESIGHT …   English dictionary for students

  • thundercloud — thun|der|cloud [ˈθʌndəklaud US ər ] n a large dark cloud that you see before or during a storm …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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