noun, often attributive
\ ˈstȯrm How to pronounce storm (audio) \

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
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
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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Synonyms for storm

Synonyms: Noun

squall, tempest

Synonyms: Verb

bristle, fume, rage

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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

Virginia is already seeing storm surges and tidal flooding, raising concerns at commercial freight and military facilities in the low-lying Tidewater region. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Rising Port Waters; Suppliers Raise Prices; Tesla’s Slow-Moving Parts," 11 Feb. 2019 Officials also pointed to years of city efforts to lay the groundwork for development in the neighborhood, including opening a new section of Hunters Point South Park along the East River in June that serves as a buffer against storm surges. Winnie Hu, The Seattle Times, "What happens when 25,000 Amazon workers flush toilets?," 11 Dec. 2018 More melting ice means higher sea levels, which would lead to higher storm surges and more coastal flooding, putting millions more people at risk around the world. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries," 8 Dec. 2018 Hurricane Michael is intensifying and is set to strike the Florida Panhandle as a Cat 3 hurricane with dangerous, potentially catastrophic storm surge, destructive winds and flooding rain. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Hurricane Michael intensifying; set to strike Florida as a Cat 3 storm," 9 Oct. 2018 The biggest concerns with Michael, therefore, are winds and storm surge. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Michael is now a major hurricane, and it may get a bit stronger," 9 Oct. 2018 Life-threatening storm surge flooding, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are still expected. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Don’t Forget About the Victims of Hurricane Florence," 18 Sep. 2018 That means salt water flooding from storm surge, freshwater water flooding from rain, wind damage. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Hurricanes stalling like Florence over the Carolinas may get even more common," 15 Sep. 2018 This Florence—a Category 2 hurricane barreling toward Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia, expected to dump nearly 3 feet of rain along the coast and bring on a 13-foot storm surge—is a markedly bad thing. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "More Than 1,400 Flights Already Canceled Ahead of Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This season, accessories stormed the runways (and then the streets) in various shades of blue, and the color instantly became one of spring's biggest trends. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blue Accessories Are Having a Major Moment," 14 Mar. 2019 In late April, about 30 nomadic Fulani herdsmen were blamed for storming St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in the rural Middle Belt and killing at least 17 worshipers and two priests. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 During the standoff, Williams and a co-defendant were accused of terrorizing two women and six children, threatening to blow their heads off until authorities stormed the house and rescued them, according to a previous report. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Cook County Jail detainee charged after officer was attacked in super-max division," 15 June 2018 At eleven or so, Mark Ronson hit the DJ deck and the party stormed—inside as well as out—and continued into the small wee hours. . . Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Takes In Louis Vuitton’s Glittering Cruise Collection In Cannes," 30 May 2018 Officers stormed through the front door and found the man in a corner in the bathroom. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "SWAT takes man into custody after bounty hunters track him down in SW Houston," 25 May 2018 A few miles away, Vincent is leading his teammates out of the woods and onto the field, storming and sprinting and waving the Roncalli FIVE flag – faith, integrity, values, effort – and then running out of steam. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: This Roncalli coach collapsed. His heart stopped. A defibrillator saved his life.," 21 May 2018 On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol stormed Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, and opened fire in an art class, officials said. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect confesses in Texas high school shooting that left 8 students, 2 teachers dead," 19 May 2018 One day, at least 5,000 people showed up, storming West Virginia's Capitol and posing a security risk. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How big have Arizona teacher rallies been? 5 numbers to put it in perspective," 28 Apr. 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


\ ˈstȯrm How to pronounce storm (audio) \

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


\ ˈstȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce storm (audio) \

Medical Definition of storm

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

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