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

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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. ommandos 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 Jess Hilarious has taken the country by storm since launching her comedy tour in 2017. Holly Baumbach,, 22 July 2021 Their Hurricane Harvey Pet Lift saved the lives of pets displaced or made homeless by the storm. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to send financial aid to the areas devastated by the storm and called for more attention on climate change, according to Reuters. Joelle Goldstein,, 19 July 2021 Known for its cardio party cycling classes and bright yellow studios, SoulCycle was one of the first indoor cycling studios to take the fitness world by storm. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2021 Just ask sprinter Gabby Thomas, the former Harvard standout who took the track and field trials by storm with the second-fastest 200 in history., 18 July 2021 In a time of financial uncertainty, the cryptocurrency craze is taking global markets by storm. Colin Heasley, The New Yorker, 17 July 2021 NBCNetflix Taking Netflix by storm in recent weeks is the NBC drama Manifest, which follows the lives of the passengers of a commercial flight that took off from Jamaica and landed in New York five and a half years later. The Editors, Marie Claire, 15 July 2021 Fourteen-year-old Zhang Ziyu has taken the internet by storm in a viral video of her playing basketball, towering over her teammates. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its base tends to believe the nonsense that motivated that mob to storm the Capitol; no wonder the GOP wants to whitewash and forget that event. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 22 July 2021 Although the rally is billed as a political protest, some make calls to storm the Capitol even before Trump speaks. New York Times, 30 June 2021 Separately, private citizens contacted the department and warned of people organizing on Twitter to storm the Capitol. Mary Clare Jalonick,, 8 June 2021 Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has opposed creating the bipartisan panel to review what led a pro-Trump mob to storm the Capitol. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2021 All 10 Republicans who voted in January to impeach Trump for encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol supported the commission. Alan Fram, ajc, 20 May 2021 All 10 Republicans who voted in January to impeach Trump for encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol supported the commission. Alan Fram, Chron, 19 May 2021 DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis was one of the federal agencies that failed to alert federal law enforcement agencies to plans by pro-Trump groups to storm the U.S. Capitol and attempt to prevent a presidential transition. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2021 Supporters of former President Donald Trump fought past police lines to storm the building and interrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s election win over Trump., 19 June 2021

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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

: 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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