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

Homeowners, condo and renter’s insurance cover damage sustained from most perils, including tornado, hurricanes, severe storms, rain, wind and fires. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "California earthquake insurance: What does home insurance cover after a disaster?," 4 July 2019 The atmosphere is warming because of greenhouse gas emissions linked to human activity, and climate change is already contributing to extreme weather globally, including stronger storms, more extensive flooding and heat waves. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "Climate Change Denialists Dubbed Auto Makers the ‘Opposition’ in Fight Over Trump’s Emissions Rollback," 2 July 2019 In one area of the city that was significantly impacted by the storm, 30 vehicles and 60 homes were damaged, according to Jalisco Civil Protection officials. Maria Pasquini,, "'Freakish' Summer Hailstorm Buries Streets of Guadalajara in Up to 6 Feet of Ice," 1 July 2019 Temperatures, which had reached the high 80s before the storm, dropped to the high 50s today (July 1). Ana Campoy, Quartz, "A Mexican city got nearly 60 inches of hail," 1 July 2019 The cooler weather is expected to continue into Sunday and Monday, with higher chances for storms, the NWS said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Another scorcher, with scattered storms later in the day," 29 June 2019 Would Gou storm 2019 with that arena-sized momentum? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 32 Best Dance Songs of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 27 June 2019 Neville's recruits weathered the storm, however, eventually sealing the win through a brilliantly-simple corner routine, Alex Greenwood sweeping home to kill the game., "Twitter Reacts as Lionesses Dismiss Feisty Cameroon to Book World Cup Quarter Final," 23 June 2019 Around the same time, strong storms with heavy rain, thunder and lightning moved through the county. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "MetroSafe: Two hikers are lost in the Jefferson Memorial Forest," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a thoughtful piece published in StandNews, a Hong Kong writer wrote about why the protesters who stormed the Legco had chosen that path. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, "The Disillusion and Frustration of a New Generation is Fuelling Hong Kong’s Protests," 3 July 2019 The arrests came after Beijing and the local government condemned a core group of young demonstrators who stormed the legislature on Monday. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Take Stock as Police Announce More Arrests," 2 July 2019 Joshua Wong, a young activist who recently served a prison sentence for his role in 2014’s Umbrella Movement, said that protesters who stormed the legislature had no other choice. Mary Hui, Quartz, "How to understand the symbolic occupation—and destruction—of Hong Kong’s legislature," 2 July 2019 Over the weekend, German police forcibly removed protesters who stormed an open-pit coal mine owned by German utility RWE AG, Europe’s biggest corporate emitter of carbon dioxide. William Walsh, Fortune, "Europe's Scorching Heatwave Forces Germany to Impose Autobahn Speed Limits," 26 June 2019 There the group met with Steve Melnikoff, a 99-year-old World War II veteran who stormed Omaha Beach on June 7, 1944, the day after the initial invasion. Kevin Baxter,, "Women's World Cup notes: U.S. goalie Alyssa Naeher is the strong but silent type," 18 June 2019 There are astonishing acts of bravery: The officers who stormed into the Virginia Beach municipal building earlier this month, finding the shooter and preventing more carnage., "He’ll go down in history as a coward, but is he a criminal?," 16 June 2019 Both praised the heroism of those who stormed the beaches, including vets in their 90s who made it to the celebration. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Trump’s nationalism vs. Macron’s plea for a strong alliance," 11 June 2019 The biggest shock of the night came courtesy of Ukraine, who stormed to a 5-0 victory over Serbia., "International Roundup: Spain Thump Faroe Islands as Republic of Ireland Grab Late Equaliser," 7 June 2019

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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


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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


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Medical Definition of storm

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

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