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

No one was injured, but there were a handful of reports of damage from the unseasonal storms. Fox News, "Tornadoes strike Amsterdam, Luxembourg, leaving several hurt as wild storms slam Europe," 12 Aug. 2019 Twelve more people were recorded dead from the storm, seven from Zhejiang province and five from Shandong, and 16 people were missing, according to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media. NBC News, "Typhoon Lekima deaths rise to 44 in eastern China," 12 Aug. 2019 The trash collects around storm drains and ends up in our oceans. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "CHERYL CONLEY: The plastic plight weighs on all of us," 9 Aug. 2019 About 100 gallons of fuel spilled into two storm drains nearby. Los Angeles Times, "5 Freeway closed for more than 10 hours near Griffith Park, causing traffic nightmare," 7 Aug. 2019 Winds stirred from monsoon storm outflows late Monday had pushed the fire further south. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Verde Fire grows to 2,000 acres north of Fountain Hills," 5 Aug. 2019 At night under certain atmospheric conditions, lighting flashes may be seen from distant storms. Shelby Dermer,, "Ready for fall sports? New OHSAA rules officially take effect as season kicks off Thursday," 1 Aug. 2019 The ducks were crossed Sixth Street to avoid a dog when three of the ducklings fell into a storm drain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ducks, stuck, loose: Police rescue 3 ducklings from grate," 30 July 2019 Though most people associate hurricanes with wind damage, flooding poses one of the biggest threats from the storms. National Geographic, "Flood safety tips," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 27-year-old has now earned over $1 million competing in the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) and has enjoyed yet another successful season, storming to victory in both the Madrid and Cascais legs of the tour. Ben Church, CNN, "'Have a game plan': Martin Fuchs on the secrets of his success," 16 Aug. 2019 At a time when British acts like Led Zeppelin, John Mayall and The Yardbirds were storming the charts with their interpretations of the genre, King reminded the world that the blues were an American art form. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 Whitaker was a starter on the Pioneers boys’ basketball squad that stormed to a league crown without dropping a game. Jeff Tully, Burbank Leader, "Boys’ Athlete of the Year: Success was twice as nice for Providence’s Whitaker," 14 Aug. 2019 After the lid was on, one of the pallbearers threw his glove to the ground and stormed off, lifting up his sunglasses, wiping his eyes, sniffling. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 Investigators say James Taylor, 75, stormed into his stepson’s Fairfield home on Feb. 3, fatally shot his 70-year-old ex-wife Catherine and tried to shoot his 45-year-old stepson, Donald Garamella. Fox News, "Connecticut man, 75, charged with murdering ex-wife found dead in storage container," 8 Aug. 2019 The Weather Service said outflows form those storms could bring wind, dust and possibly storm activity to parts of the Phoenix area into the evening. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Blowing dust moves into Phoenix area, weather advisories issued," 7 Aug. 2019 When the 28-year old Australian shooter stormed into two New Zealand mosques in March, camera strapped to his head, and opened fire, users of 8chan were among the first to know. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 But in 2019, that tired trope has been flipped on its head, as two songs fusing those genres have stormed to the forefront of pop culture. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "‘My Heart Makes It Country.’ Blanco Brown Talks 'The Git Up’ and the Fusion of Country and Rap," 27 July 2019

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


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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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