- a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust.
- a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.
- Also called violent storm. Meteorology. a wind of 64–72 miles per hour (29–32 m/sec).
- a violent military assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like.
- a heavy or sudden volley or discharge: a storm of criticism; a storm of bullets.
- a violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social, or domestic commotion.
- a violent outburst or outbreak of expression: a storm of applause.
- Informal. storm window.
- (of the wind or weather) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, hail, etc., especially with violence (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It stormed all day.
- to rage or complain with violence or fury: He stormed angrily at me.
- to deliver a violent attack or fire, as with artillery: The troops stormed against the garrison.
- to rush to an assault or attack: The tanks stormed towards the city.
- to rush angrily: to storm out of a room.
- to subject to or as if to a storm: The salesman stormed them with offers.
- to utter or say with angry vehemence: The strikers stormed their demands.
- to attack or assault (persons, places, or things): to storm a fortress.
- storm in a teacup. teacup(def 3).
Origin of storm
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Examples from the Web for storming
The German Panzers fought with suicidal ferocity, storming the hill until it was rimmed with a bulwark of bodies.The Deadly Trap Behind D-Day’s Beaches
June 5, 2014
Join the storming of the Damascus Gate and be sure to wear your most offensive t-shirt.What Hawking and Jerusalem Day Have in Common
May 13, 2013
Storming the Street A man can be seen walking slowly through the street, yelling 'Allahu Akbar!'Syria Protests: Shocking Videos, Photos
April 19, 2011
Instead, he was part of a triumphant, storming crowd, come to hold accountable those they had long feared.Secret Egyptian Security Service Files Exposed
March 7, 2011
Coleman ends up shouting at everyone and storming off, but somehow remains the least annoying person on the set.Farewell, Gary Coleman: Watch 9 Great Moments
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May 28, 2010
What storming of fortresses, built all of massive snowblocks!Snow Flakes (From "Twice Told Tales")
He relieved his feelings by storming at the hospital steward who was assisting him.The Downfall
Wasps we knew well and disdained, storming them in their fastnesses.The Golden Age
It was storming, but it was not dark, and they knew each foot of the way.A Woman who went to Alaska
May Kellogg Sullivan
Richmond knew better, but Richmond was stoically calm as to the possibility of a storming.The Long Roll
- informal characterized by or displaying dynamism, speed, and energya storming performance
- a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc
- (as modifier)storm signal; storm sail
- (in combination)stormproof
- meteorol a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
- a strong or violent reactiona storm of protest
- a direct assault on a stronghold
- a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
- short for storm window (def. 1)
- storm in a teacup British a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matterUS equivalent: tempest in a teapot
- take by storm
- to capture or overrun by a violent assault
- to overwhelm and enthral
- to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
- (intr) to be vociferously angry
- (intr) to move or rush violently or angrily
- (intr; with it as subject) to rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning
Word Origin and History for storming
Old English storm, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz (cf. Old Norse stormr, Old Saxon, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Dutch storm, Old High German and German sturm). Old French estour "onset, tumult," Italian stormo are Germanic loan-words. Figurative (non-meteorological) sense was in late Old English.
Storm-door first recorded 1878; storm-water is from 1879; storm-window is attested from 1824. Storm surge attested from 1929.
of the wind, "to rage, be violent," c.1400, from storm (n.). Military sense (1640s) first used by Oliver Cromwell. Related: Stormed; storming.
- An exacerbation of symptoms or a crisis in the course of a disease.
- A low-pressure atmospheric disturbance resulting in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, or other precipitation and often by thunder and lightning.
- A wind with a speed from 103 to 117 km (64 to 73 mi) per hour, rating 11 on the Beaufort scale.