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

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
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
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

Synonyms for storm

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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

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 Last year, many residents were without water for a month after pipes froze and burst during a February storm. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 Officials are preparing for potential flooding during the storm near burn scars, Cal Fire spokesperson Jon Heggie said. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2022 Amplify contends that two ships dragged their anchors across the pipeline and damaged it during a January 2021 storm, but the company wasn't notified about the dragging until after the spill. Amy Taxin And Don Thompson, Chron, 9 Sep. 2022 Two people using jet skis were killed in Puerto Rico on Sunday as lightning struck the water during the storm. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 6 Sep. 2022 The flight went mostly according to plan, though Perot was forced to make a dice-y landing during a powerful storm on top of a container ship in the North Pacific. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2022 One person died and another was injured after two airplanes flipped over at Orlando Executive Airport during a storm Thursday evening, authorities said. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2022 The weather service received dozens of reports of uprooted and snapped trees during the storm, which in some places brought wind gusts of 74 mph. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 30 Aug. 2022 Cady seduces like a snake, charming his victims into their demise, but can as quickly transmogrify into a deranged beast striking fear into the Bowden family during a torrential storm. Lea Anderson, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Late Saturday, Ukrainian officials said Russian forces attempted to storm the factory complex in a final all-out effort to crush resistance. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2022 For the first time in a couple of years, Buckeyes fans finally got to storm the field in the Horseshoe after a big OSU win. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2021 That prompted Cardinal's manager Mike Shildt to storm from the dugout in protest; he was promptly ejected. Jeff Rowe, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Their plan was to storm a dinner party attended by Britain’s leading political figures, murder the attendees and then lead a swift popular uprising to topple the government. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Trump incited a violent, deadly mob to storm the Capitol and stop the Electoral count. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 This past year, the National Guard responded to storm relief needs and even helped administer COVID-19 vaccines. David Lyons, Sun Sentinel, 15 June 2022 The viral video shows Phillips' teammates storm out of the dugout and pile on top of Woodward. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2022 That’s what made his decision to storm the stage and assault comedian Chris Rock in the middle of Hollywood’s biggest night both uncharacteristic and deeply disturbing. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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

: 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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