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tornado

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noun tor·na·do \tȯr-ˈnā-(ˌ)dō\

Simple Definition of tornado

  • : a violent and destructive storm in which powerful winds move around a central point

Full Definition of tornado

plural tor·na·does or tor·na·dos

  1. 1 archaic :  a tropical thunderstorm

  2. 2a :  a squall accompanying a thunderstorm in Africab :  a violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the land

  3. 3 :  a violent windstorm :  whirlwind

Examples of tornado

  1. in the path of a tornado



Origin of tornado

modification of Spanish tronada thunderstorm, from tronar to thunder, from Latin tonare — more at thunder


First Known Use: 1556

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