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  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.
  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 m/sec).
  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.
  1. storm in a teacup. teacup(def 3).

Origin of storm

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch storm, German Sturm, Old Norse stormr; (v.) Middle English stormen, derivative of the noun (compare obsolete sturme, Middle English sturmen, Old English styrman, denominative v. from the same Germanic base as storm); akin to stir1
Related formsstorm·like, adjectiveout·storm, verb (used with object)un·stormed, adjective

Synonyms for storm

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Examples from the Web for storming

Contemporary Examples of storming

Historical Examples of storming

  • What storming of fortresses, built all of massive snowblocks!

  • He relieved his feelings by storming at the hospital steward who was assisting him.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • Wasps we knew well and disdained, storming them in their fastnesses.

    The Golden Age

    Kenneth Grahame

  • 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

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for storming


  1. informal characterized by or displaying dynamism, speed, and energya storming performance


    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)stormproof
  1. meteorol a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
  2. a strong or violent reactiona 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 (def. 1)
  6. storm in a teacup British a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matterUS equivalent: tempest 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
Derived Formsstormlike, adjective

Word Origin for storm

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

storming in Medicine


  1. An exacerbation of symptoms or a crisis in the course of a disease.
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storming in Science


  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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Idioms and Phrases with storming


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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