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

As a storm startled Seattle, the intense fog caused a major pileup on the freeway, leaving a very pregnant Teddy (Kim Raver) sitting in traffic while in labor. Tomás Mier,, "A Charmed Reunion! Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs Will Guest Star on Grey's Anatomy," 16 Sep. 2019 Leiserowitz said that the relationship between extreme weather events and concern over climate change is a complex one, with people already worried the most likely to say that their alarm has increased when a major storm or flood hits. Oliver Milman, Teen Vogue, "Americans Finally See Climate Change as the Urgent Crisis It Is," 16 Sep. 2019 Another disturbance in the Atlantic has a 70 percent chance of developing into a stronger storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Staff, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy rain and flash flooding threaten the Texas coast Tuesday night," 16 Sep. 2019 Hurricane Dorian’s devastation of the Bahamas put Fort Lauderdale on notice that a severe storm could destroy the city’s decrepit water treatment plant and leave residents without a source of drinking water. Larry Barszewski,, "Fort Lauderdale water treatment plant could fail in major storm, cutting off water to hundreds of thousands of customers," 13 Sep. 2019 Amid a storm of penalties and turnovers, and shackled by an undermanned offensive line, the Browns got popped in the mouth by the Titans. Albert Breer,, "Mike Zimmer and the Vikings May Deserve More Hype This Season Than Last," 12 Sep. 2019 And yes, no snow is in the forecast for the Front Range, though a few storms could come from the same system, and a brief cool down arrives on Thursday. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s first snow of the season for highest peaks expected Wednesday night," 10 Sep. 2019 The president had caused a storm of controversy by doubling down on claims the hurricane could have hit Alabama. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum starts selling preorders for Trump 'SharpieGate' bobblehead," 10 Sep. 2019 The two first sparked dating rumors mid-August, when Stewart and Meyer were snapped smooching up a storm on the streets of New York City. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Get to Know Dylan Meyer, Kristen Stewart's Rumored New Girlfriend," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

People stormed the field at BYU for beating Southern California even though more people do that than used to. Chuck Culpepper, The Denver Post, "The Mountain West had a moment in the sun — including Air Force’s win over CU — then reality set in," 15 Sep. 2019 Les Miles and Kansas On a Friday night, the Jayhawks stormed into Chestnut Hill to beat three-touchdown favorite Boston College, breaking a 48-game losing streak in road games against Power 5 teams. Ross Dellenger,, "The Rundown: A Week 3 Light on Flashy Matchups Still Manages to Deliver," 15 Sep. 2019 Roberts and others believe a few true believers will try to storm Area 51 anyway. Los Angeles Times, "Storm Area 51 creator: ‘I sparked a movement while I was bored at 2 a.m.’," 12 Sep. 2019 Shortly thereafter, Brown stormed out of the facility in protest., "Oakland Raiders’ Antonio Brown threatening to quit if he can’t wear his old helmet: Report," 10 Aug. 2019 South Carolina stormed to a 31-14 lead, but succumbed to a 21-point blitz during the game’s final 16 minutes, dropping the Gamecocks to 3-2 in games decided by four points or fewer. Edgar Thompson,, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 35 South Carolina strives to build on success, move up in SEC," 21 July 2019 In 1874, while Twitchell was away, white supremacists stormed this promising community, killing many of its leaders, including Twitchell’s brother and two brothers-in-law. Charles Lane, WSJ, "Five Best: Charles Lane on Reconstruction and Its Consequences," 12 July 2019 Philadelphia stormed to the top of the Eastern Conference table at the start of the season, but the team stumbled into a 2-1-2 run in the month of June. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City set for back-to-back bouts with Philadelphia Union," 4 July 2019 Perry, a well-to-do African-American landowner, was wounded and captured by an armed white mob that stormed his home the evening of Nov. 2, 1920. Stephen Hudak,, "Bill seeks to compensate descendants of Ocoee massacre victims 100 years later," 16 Sep. 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


\ 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

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

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