noun, often attributive
\ˈstȯrm \

Definition of storm 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

2 : a disturbed or agitated state storms of emotion : a sudden or violent commotion

3 : a heavy discharge of objects (such as missiles)

4 : a tumultuous outburst a storm of protests

5a : paroxysm sense 2

b : a sudden heavy influx or onset

6 : a violent assault on a defended position

7 storms 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


stormed; storming; storms

Definition of storm (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to blow with violence

b : to rain, hail, snow, or sleet vigorously

2 : to attack by storm stormed ashore at zero hour

3 : to be in or to exhibit a violent passion : rage storming at the unusual delay

4 : 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

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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

Examples of storm in a Sentence


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


The mob stormed through the streets. She yelled at us and stormed off. He stormed out of the room. She stormed into the office.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This loop of a storm over Memphis, though, is universally awesome. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "This mesmerizing storm makes it look like a bomb went off over Memphis last night," 13 July 2018 The storm, which had been downgraded from hurricane status, was expected to continue weakening Thursday, and become a post-tropical cyclone later Thursday. John Hilliard,, "Beaches reopen, but officials warn swimmers of rip current risk along southern Mass. coast," 12 July 2018 Mr Stoltenberg, a Norwegian whose job is to act as a kind of lightning-rod for storms raging inside NATO, tried hard to accentuate the positive. The Economist, "The American president lambasts his allies," 12 July 2018 But the cold front should lower the temperature and quell any storms, right? Zachary Hansen, ajc, "THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storm chances ramp up as cold front approaches," 12 July 2018 After the September storm, the ship was stripped down to its frame and then completely rebuilt — and given new sails — over the course of almost 10 months. Dewayne Bevil,, "Legoland Florida: Hurricane-ripped ship back in theme park's pirate show," 11 July 2018 Prepa’s executive director during the storm, Ricardo Ramos, resigned after irregularities emerged in how the Whitefish deal was awarded and priced, and his successor stepped aside to make way for Mr. Higgins. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Power Utility CEO Resigns After Less Than Four Months on Job," 11 July 2018 The 19-year-old has taken the league by storm, showing flashes of his father's Hall of Fame play. Nihal Kolur,, "Report: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To Be Promoted to Triple A," 10 July 2018 The hip-hop star, whose album broke the single-week streaming record both nationally and globally, storms onto Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart on the way to giving Drake the most titles on the chart in its six-year history. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Drake Breaks Streaming Songs Record, Holds Chart's Top Eight Positions," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Among those killed when a man opened fire in the parking lot with an AR-15 rifle and stormed the restaurant early Sunday morning was an employee, Taurean Sanderlin, 29, and three customers. CBS News, "Waffle House reopens amid tears and solemn remembrance," 25 Apr. 2018 Police said Reinking opened fire in the restaurant parking lot before storming the restaurant, which had about 20 people inside. Sheila Burke, The Seattle Times, "Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt," 23 Apr. 2018 The officers retreated inside and stormed out again, moments later, a few using elbows and nightsticks to ring the pole where the California flag flew. Johnny Miller,, "5 years, $26 million for QB Young," 12 July 2018 The reveal video starts with a fast-moving cinematic sequence that follows a four-strong crew of British soldiers storming a home on a battleground. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Battlefield V looks amazing—and it won’t have paid season pass, map packs [Updated]," 23 May 2018 As soon as the nephew opened the door, a stranger in a stocking cap shot him in the chest and stormed the house. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 Educators communicating online played a key role in forming grassroots groups that are storming statehouses and holding demonstrations. Melissa Daniels, The Christian Science Monitor, "Teachers engage in online activism in fight for funding," 19 Apr. 2018 Build your house up high beyond Where rivers flood when storming. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Well, consider my hopes high up there in the storming nor'easter skies, because Drunk Elephant just announced (in a succession of super cute videos and a gloriously tangerine-colored photo) the upcoming arrival of C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Drunk Elephant's New C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream Is All About Strengthening Skin," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of storm


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for storm


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sturm storm, Old English styrian to stir

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English Language Learners Definition of storm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.



English Language Learners Definition of storm (Entry 2 of 2)

—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


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Kids Definition of storm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy fall of rain, snow, or sleet often with strong winds

2 : a serious disturbance of any element of nature a dust storm

3 : a strong outburst a storm of protest

4 : a violent attack on a defended position The army took the fort by storm.


stormed; storming

Kids Definition of storm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to blow hard and rain, snow, or sleet heavily

2 : to make a sudden mass attack against Soldiers stormed the fort.

3 : to feel or express angry feelings : rage He stormed at the long delay.

4 : to rush about violently or angrily I stormed out of Mandy's room and rushed to the library …— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted


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Medical Definition of storm 

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

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