- 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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- The·o·dore Wold·sen [tey-aw-dawr vawlt-suh n] /ˈteɪ ɔˌdɔr ˈvɔlt sən/, 1817–88, German poet and novelist.
Examples from the Web for storm
The fear that Pascal might weather the storm has Du Vernay, Oprah Winfrey, and other Hollywood elites pulling their punches.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
Random House is also covering the legal fees of an innocent man called Barry who was caught up in the storm.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
Rather than storm the hospital, Tyreese says, the group should take a couple of cops hostage then set up a trade with Dawn.The Walking Dead’s ‘Crossed’: The Stage Is Now Set for a Bloody, Deadly Midseason Finale
November 24, 2014
Ann is only one of many “hurricane conspirators” who believe the storm has changed everything.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
But minor offenders are caught in the storm as well, and can face hefty punishment.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
The storm which commenced so suddenly was one of great violence.Brave and Bold
In a few days John Lambert would return, and then the storm must break.
When the storm came, she was frightened, and said, 'It is a retribution.'
This act of aggression produced a storm of public indignation.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm.
- 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 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.