noun, often attributive \ˈstrm\

: an occurrence of bad weather in which there is a lot of rain, snow, etc., and often strong winds

: a sudden occurrence of something in large amounts

: a situation in which many people are angry, upset, etc.

Full Definition of STORM

a :  a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning
b :  a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail
c (1) :  wind having a speed of 64 to 72 miles (103 to 117 kilometers) per hour
(2) :  whole gale — see beaufort scale table
d :  a serious disturbance of any element of nature
:  a disturbed or agitated state <storms of emotion> :  a sudden or violent commotion
:  a heavy discharge of objects (as missiles)
:  a tumultuous outburst <a storm of protests>
a :  paroxysm 2
b :  a sudden heavy influx or onset
:  a violent assault on a defended position
plural :  storm window
by storm
:  by or as if by employing a bold swift frontal movement especially with the intent of defeating or winning over quickly <took the literary world by storm>
up a storm
:  in a remarkable or energetic fashion —used as an intensifier <dancing up a storm>

Examples of STORM

  1. The sky got dark and it looked like a storm was coming.
  2. <a winter storm bringing about six inches of snow>

Origin of STORM

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sturm storm, Old English styrian to stir
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

Rhymes with STORM



—used with it to say that a storm (sense 1) is happening

: to attack (something) suddenly with a lot of force or with a large number of people

: to go quickly and in an angry, loud way

Full Definition of STORM

intransitive verb
a :  to blow with violence
b :  to rain, hail, snow, or sleet vigorously
:  to attack by storm <stormed ashore at zero hour>
:  to be in or to exhibit a violent passion :  rage <storming at the unusual delay>
:  to rush about or move impetuously, violently, or angrily <the mob stormed through the streets>
transitive verb
:  to attack, take, or win over by storm <storm a fort>

Examples of STORM

  1. The mob stormed through the streets.
  2. She yelled at us and stormed off.
  3. He stormed out of the room.
  4. She stormed into the office.

First Known Use of STORM

15th century

Synonym Discussion of STORM

attack, assail, assault, bombard, storm mean to make an onslaught upon. attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle <plan to attack the town at dawn>. assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots <assailed the enemy with artillery fire>. assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught <commandos assaulted the building from all sides>. bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells <bombarded the city nightly>. storm implies attempting to break into a defended position <preparing to storm the fortress>.
STORM Defined for Kids


noun \ˈstrm\

Definition of STORM for Kids

:  a heavy fall of rain, snow, or sleet often with strong winds
:  a serious disturbance of any element of nature <a dust storm>
:  a strong outburst <a storm of protest>
:  a violent attack on a defended position <The army took the fort by storm.>



Definition of STORM for Kids

:  to blow hard and rain, snow, or sleet heavily
:  to make a sudden mass attack against <Soldiers stormed the fort.>
:  to feel or express angry feelings :  rage <He stormed at the long delay.>
:  to rush about violently or angrily <I stormed out of Mandy's room and rushed to the library … — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted>
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈst(ə)rm\

Medical Definition of STORM

:  a crisis or sudden increase in the symptoms of a disease—see thyroid storm
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