What is the meaning of the title "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury?

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The title is a phrase taken from the narrative of Bradbury's short story; it is used twice. The first time it is a description of the footsteps of the Tyrannosaurus Rex that Eckels has contracted to shoot, and the second time it is a description of the sound of a deadly blast from a rifle. Thus, it has two meanings.

  • First Meaning

After the Time machine takes Eckels back a million years, he finds himself in a jungle which is full of various sounds, such as "twitterings, rustlings, murmurs, and sighs"; however, as the great dinosaur approaches, all the creature that live in this jungle stop what they are doing. 

Silence. A sound of thunder. Out of the mist, one hundred yards away, came Tyrannosaurus Rex. "It," whispered Eckels. "It......  

As the monstrous creature marches through the jungle, the activities of all the other occupants are arrested in trepidation. The giant has the...

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