storm cellar


Definition of storm cellar

: a cellar or covered excavation designed for protection from dangerous windstorms (such as tornadoes)

Examples of storm cellar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a cool July morning, one of the dungeon’s black storm cellar doors was propped open for the first time during several days of visits. R. Daniel Foster, Los Angeles Times, "An L.A. home where homoerotic artist Tom of Finland lived is a shrine to his legacy," 2 Oct. 2019 Scarboro said some of the rescues included at least one person in a wheelchair who needed help because of debris and older couples who were trapped in storm cellars by debris. CBS News, "Pennsylvania hit by two tornadoes, officials confirm," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of storm cellar

circa 1902, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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“Storm cellar.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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very cautious or careful

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