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[ stawrm ]


  1. 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.

    Synonyms: blizzard, wind, squall, cyclone, tornado, tempest, hurricane, gale

  2. a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.
  3. Also called violent storm. Meteorology. a wind of 64–72 miles per hour (29–32 meters per second).
  4. a violent military assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like.
  5. a heavy or sudden volley or discharge:

    a storm of criticism; a storm of bullets.

  6. a violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social, or domestic commotion.
  7. a violent outburst or outbreak of expression:

    a storm of applause.

  8. Informal. storm window.

verb (used without object)

  1. (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.

  2. to rage or complain with violence or fury:

    He stormed angrily at me.

  3. to deliver a violent attack or fire, as with artillery:

    The troops stormed against the garrison.

  4. to rush to an assault or attack:

    The tanks stormed towards the city.

  5. to rush angrily:

    to storm out of a room.

verb (used with object)

  1. to subject to or as if to a storm:

    The salesman stormed them with offers.

  2. to utter or say with angry vehemence:

    The strikers stormed their demands.

  3. to attack or assault (persons, places, or things):

    to storm a fortress.



[ shtohrm ]


  1. The·o·dore Wold·sen [tey, -aw-daw, r, , vawlt, -s, uh, n], 1817–88, German poet and novelist.


/ stɔːm /


    1. a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc
    2. ( as modifier )

      storm signal

      storm sail

    3. ( in combination )


  1. meteorol a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
  2. a strong or violent reaction

    a storm of protest

  3. a direct assault on a stronghold
  4. a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
  5. short for storm window
  6. storm in a teacup
    a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matter US equivalenttempest in a teapot
  7. take by storm
    1. to capture or overrun by a violent assault
    2. to overwhelm and enthral


  1. to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
  2. intr to be vociferously angry
  3. intr to move or rush violently or angrily
  4. intr; with it as subject to rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning


/ stôrm /

  1. A low-pressure atmospheric disturbance resulting in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, or other precipitation and often by thunder and lightning.
  2. A wind with a speed from 103 to 117 km (64 to 73 mi) per hour, rating 11 on the Beaufort scale.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈstormˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • stormlike adjective
  • outstorm verb (used with object)
  • un·stormed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of storm1

First recorded before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch storm, German Sturm, Old Norse stormr; (verb) Middle English stormen, derivative of the noun (compare obsolete sturme, Middle English sturmen, Old English styrman, denominative verb from the same Germanic base as storm ); akin to stir 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of storm1

Old English, related to Old Norse stormr, German Sturm; see stir 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. storm in a teacup. teacup ( def 3 ).

More idioms and phrases containing storm

see any port in a storm ; kick up a fuss (storm) ; ride out (the storm) ; take by storm ; weather the storm .

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Example Sentences

Some of the most damaging storms to hit North America bear these names.

Five days after those lightning storms set California on fire, the flames reached his home in the Santa Cruz Mountains and burned it to ashes.

Hurricane season stretches into November, which means we have at least another month and of storms.

Although both of these storms should turn north well short of the continental United States, there is some concern about Paulette reaching Bermuda as a Category 1 hurricane by early next week.

Meanwhile, most teachers, students, and parents are essentially waiting for the storm to pass.

The Perfect Storm writer talks combat brotherhood and the threat posed by growing wealth inequality.

The fear that Pascal might weather the storm has Du Vernay, Oprah Winfrey, and other Hollywood elites pulling their punches.

Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.

But so many years later, I still get a tense feeling in my stomach when I see a strong storm approaching.

Rather than storm the hospital, Tyreese says, the group should take a couple of cops hostage then set up a trade with Dawn.

A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.

This treacherous sort of calm, we thought, might forbode a storm, and we did not allow it to lull us into security.

It was depressing to think of going to bed in such circumstances with the yelling of an Arctic storm for a lullaby.

The storm, however, was over; the moon and stars were shining in a clear sky, and the aurora was dancing merrily.

While the fortress was undermining at home, they were not idle, who were preparing to storm it from abroad.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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