- The·o·dore Wold·sen [tey-aw-dawr vawlt-suh n] /ˈteɪ ɔˌdɔr ˈvɔlt sən/, 1817–88, German poet and novelist.
- 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 t storm
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.