storm

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noun

plural storms
often attributive
1
a
: 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
5
b
: a sudden heavy influx or onset
c
medicine : the sudden and often dangerous onset, increase, or worsening of the symptoms of a disease see also cytokine storm, thyroid storm
6
: a violent assault on a defended position
7
storms plural : storm window

storm

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verb

stormed; storming; storms

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
Phrases
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
Choose the Right Synonym for storm

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Isolated strong to marginally severe storms will possibly develop overnight, mainly after midnight. Robert A. Cronkleton, Kansas City Star, 21 Feb. 2024 Faced with increasingly threatening storms, Nacer has to face a dark past that haunts him. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Hundreds can be saved by getting across a simple message: Avoid trees during storms. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Feb. 2024 West Coast storms Another atmospheric river has formed across the US West Coast as nearly the entire population of California remains under flood alerts. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 The first event was last month while ambling through an oak woodland, enjoying the warm sunshine between recent storms. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2024 Fans root for bald eagles determined to shield eggs from California storm According to McFarland, becoming a cobbler — one of the world’s oldest professions — isn’t simple. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Warmer winter weather this year, before the powerful storms moved into Northern California last week, brought mosquitoes out of hibernation. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 This comes as water managers across the West are facing the urgent need to conserve storm runoff to prepare for the next drought. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
The Associated Press reported in May that rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, have had to pay nearly $900,000 so far in fines and restitution. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 But the issue has divided California Democrats — in November, their convention was shut down early after about 1,000 protesters stormed into the Sacramento venue. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 When the judge declined, Mr. Trump abruptly stood up and stormed out of the courtroom. Ben Protess, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Nasser Hospital was the latest in a series of hospitals Israeli forces have besieged and stormed during the war, claiming Hamas was using them for military purposes. CBS News, 16 Feb. 2024 The series is just part of a recent resurgence for Cera, who took time off during the pandemic but recently stormed back into the cultural consciousness. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The video was recorded on Oct. 10, just three days after Hamas stormed into Israel, killing 1,200 people and injuring more than 240 others. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Israeli security forces stormed an apartment in the heart of Rafah on Monday, freeing two hostages and killing their three guards in a daring operation that Gaza officials say claimed the lives of scores of Palestinians. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 In the ad, Affleck storms into the studio where his wife Jennifer Lopez is working on her new album This Is Me... Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near storm

Cite this Entry

“Storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/storm. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

storm

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a disturbance of the atmosphere accompanied by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning
b
: a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail
c
: a serious disturbance of any element of nature
2
: a disturbed state : a sudden or violent commotion
3
: a heavy discharge of objects
fired a storm of arrows at the castle
4
: a violent outburst
a storm of protest
5
: a violent attack on a defended position

storm

2 of 2 verb
1
a
: to blow with violence
b
: to rain, hail, snow, or sleet heavily
2
: to attack by storm
stormed ashore
storm the fort
3
: to show violent feeling : rage
storming at the unusual delay
4
: to rush about violently
the mob stormed through the streets

Medical Definition

storm

noun
: the sudden and often dangerous onset, increase, or worsening of the symptoms of a disease see also cytokine storm, thyroid storm

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