noun, plural tor·na·does, tor·na·dos.
Origin of tornado
Examples from the Web for tornado
At the time, sirens were not yet standard in tornado country.
About 9:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday in 1965, a tornado struck Toledo, Ohio.
The classic film that opens with a tornado sweeping through a Kansas farm made its debut 75 years ago in 1939.
Fallin has received high marks for her leadership after a tornado devastated the town of Moore.The Democrats’ Great Plains Firewall: Can Joe Dorman Take the Oklahoma Statehouse?|David Freedlander|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the town of Moore was no longer known just for the tornado that devastated it a year ago.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading|Michael Daly|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Disaster by tornado is not so easy to avoid as disaster by flood.
I had not gone far before I heard behind me a great rushing noise, like the sudden sweep of a tornado, and then a following roar.The Memoirs of an American Citizen|Robert Herrick
The Roebuck would scarcely have ridden out a tornado like this, especially after having been laid on her ribs.Captain Kyd, Vol. II|Joseph Holt Ingraham
Tom turned momentarily to watch the approach of the tornado.Helen in the Editor's Chair|Ruthe S. Wheeler
The French bag betrays him; kindles the paternal vigilance,—alas, the paternal wrath, into a tornado pitch.History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VI. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for tornado
noun plural -does or -dos
Word Origin for tornado
Word Origin and History for tornado
1550s, navigator's word for violent windy thunderstorm in the tropical Atlantic, probably a mangled borrowing from Spanish tronada "thunderstorm," from tronar "to thunder," from Latin tonare "to thunder" (see thunder). Metathesis of -o- and -r- in modern spelling influenced by Spanish tornar "to twist, turn," from Latin tornare "to turn." Meaning "extremely violent whirlwind" is first found 1620s.
Science definitions for tornado
Culture definitions for tornado
In meteorology, a storm in which high-speed winds move in a funnel-shaped pattern.