storm

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 intensifierdancing up a storm

storm

verb
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

Synonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Noun The sky got dark and it looked like a storm was coming. a winter storm bringing about six inches of snow Verb 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 The tweet also included a link to a hurricane watch map to help residents track the storm. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Hurricane warning issued for parts of Florida as Isaias crosses Bahamas," 1 Aug. 2020 But be prepared to spend a day or so indoors and/or delay arrival until after the storm passes. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Isaias may dump heavy rain on D.C. region Monday and Tuesday," 1 Aug. 2020 The storm comes at a sensitive time during the coronavirus pandemic. Amir Vera, CNN, "Bahamas and Florida brace for heavy rain as Hurricane Isaias barrels through the Atlantic," 1 Aug. 2020 The storm reportedly has maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, but is not expected to strengthen significantly over the weekend. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: August 1, 2020," 1 Aug. 2020 The storm comes in the middle of the night, and Miranda wakes up to find a tree in her kitchen and a hole in her roof. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "How 'The Secret: Dare to Dream' just might make you believe in love again," 31 July 2020 Wednesday morning said residents could feel the impacts from the storm into early next week. Cheryl Mccloud, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Isaias strengthens as it hits Puerto Rico; most of Florida in forecast path," 31 July 2020 Given the pandemic, the prime minister urged young people booking hotel rooms to stay safe from the approaching storm to respect social-distancing measures. NBC News, "Hurricane Isaias approaches Bahamas, on path to come near U.S. East Coast," 31 July 2020 And some research suggests the storm may not have played as much of a role as experts believed at the time. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "With Fires, Heat and a Cyclone, Arctic Breaks Melting Record," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fourteen policemen were injured in the rioting Friday evening when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic said Saturday. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Serbia police detain 71 after 4th night of virus protests," 12 July 2020 Some tell her covid-19 is overblown, or roll their eyes and storm out. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 9 July 2020 Several people are dead after gunmen tried to storm the Pakistan Stock Exchange. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'It was terrifying': Gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange," 29 June 2020 Fourteen policemen were injured in the rioting Friday evening when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic said Saturday. Jovana Gec, Fox News, "Serbia police detain 71 after 4th night of virus protests," 12 July 2020 Fourteen policemen were injured in the rioting Friday evening when hundreds of right-wing demonstrators tried to storm the parliament building in downtown Belgrade, police director Vladimir Rebic said Saturday. BostonGlobe.com, "Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida," 11 July 2020 On Tuesday, thousands of protesters attempted to storm the Serbian parliament after the government said the country would go into lockdown again this weekend. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Balkan Countries Thought They Had Beaten Back Coronavirus. Now Infections Are Rampant.," 10 July 2020 Some tell her covid-19 is overblown, or roll their eyes and storm out. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 9 July 2020 Some tell her covid-19 is overblown, or roll their eyes and storm out. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "US retail workers are being pulled into the latest culture war: Getting customers to wear masks," 9 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'storm.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of storm

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for storm

Noun

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

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The first known use of storm was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/storm. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for storm

storm

noun
How to pronounce storm (audio)

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.

storm

verb

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

storm

noun
\ 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.

storm

verb
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

storm

noun
\ 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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