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storm /stɔrm/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
Meteorology[no object; it + ~] (of the wind or weather) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, etc., esp. heavily:It stormed all day.
to rage with fury: [no object]He stormed about how unfair it all was.[used with quotations]"Get out and don't come back!'' he stormed.
[no object] to rush, move, or stamp angrily:He stormed out of the room.
[~ + object] to attack or assault:The army stormed the fortress.
- Meteorologya condition of the weather with strong winds, rain, thunder and lightning, etc.
- Meteorologyan instance of much rain, snow, etc., but without strong winds.
- a heavy or sudden outpouring or shower of things, as of bullets:a storm of bullets.
- a heavy, loud, or sudden outburst of feelings, emotions, etc.:a storm of abuse.
Meteorologya 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.
Meteorologya heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.
MeteorologyAlso called violent storm. [Meteorol.]a wind of 64–72 mph (29–32 m/sec).
Militarya 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.
Building, Informal Terms[Informal.]See storm window.
storm in a teacup. See teacup (def. 3).
Meteorology(of the wind or weather) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, hail, etc., esp. 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.
1 . gale, hurricane, tempest, tornado, cyclone, squall, wind, blizzard.
(shtōrm), n. The•o•dore Wold•sen
(tā′ô dôr′ vôlt′sən),
(noun, nominal) Middle English, Old English;
cognate with Dutch storm, German Sturm, Old Norse stormr;
(verb, verbal) Middle English stormen, derivative of the noun, nominal (compare obsolete sturme, Middle English sturmen, Old English styrman, denominative verb, verbal from the same Gmc base as storm);
akin to stir1
Monarchy1817–88, German poet and novelist.
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storm /stɔːm/ n
- a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc
- (as modifier): storm signal, storm sail
- (in combination): stormproof
- a strong or violent reaction: a storm of protest
- a direct assault on a stronghold
- a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
- short for storm window
- storm in a teacup ⇒ Brit a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matter
- take by storm ⇒ to capture or overrun by a violent assault
- to overwhelm and enthral
Etymology: Old English, related to Old Norse stormr, German Sturm; see stir1
- to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
- (intransitive) to be vociferously angry
- (intransitive) 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
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