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

The storm hit in the middle of choir practice at Highland Terrace Baptist Church, ripping off a huge chunk of the building's roof. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Greenville hit hardest by storms with powerful winds, but no injuries reported," 20 June 2019 The road between Park Hills and Ludlow was shut down after water damage to the pavement from the storms. Chris Mayhew,, "NKY road damage cleanup: No ETA for Ky. 9 landslide fix," 20 June 2019 Calm before the storm A valid Alaska fishing license is required to fish for halibut, which are managed by the federal government and subject to federal regulations. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Calm before the storm: Kenai halibut anglers kick back in advance of Alaska’s most frenetic fishery," 19 June 2019 The storms caused the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning for parts of Osceola and Orange counties around 5:30 but it was canceled about 15 minutes later. David Harris,, "Heavy storms in Central Florida cause fire, SunRail delays," 19 June 2019 The storms could reach west Alabama as soon as midnight and then head eastward across the state. Leigh Morgan,, "Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Alabama as storms draw closer," 19 June 2019 As the storm hit in October 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was on the ground. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Six years after Sandy, Jersey Shore recovery shows shortfalls in the system," 18 June 2019 The brief storm was an EF-0, with winds of 70 miles per hour. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "10 tornadoes touched down in Indiana, the weather service says. Here's the all-time record," 18 June 2019 Clean out the storm drain/catch basin on your street. Laura Johnston,, "How you can help clean the future of the Cuyahoga River: Cuyahoga50," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Assange’s prosecution and Trump’s rhetoric may not be as dramatic as a phalanx of FBI agents storming into The Washington Post’s newsroom or CNN’s studios. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Australia’s Media Raids and the Decline of Press Freedom Worldwide," 6 June 2019 This tiny island nation was left reeling after a gunman wearing military fatigues and wielding five weapons stormed into two mosques and killed 50 people on Friday, in the worst massacre in New Zealand’s history. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Terror Attacks at New Zealand Mosques Leave 50 People Dead," 15 Mar. 2019 Fearful and concerned about their safety because of a rumor that an inmate in another prison had been killed the night before, the Attica inmates stormed into action. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "The Attica Prison Riot in 1971 Serves as a Reminder of the Dangers of a Failing Prison System," 13 Sep. 2018 Authorities say Atkins stormed into a Trader Joe's while exchanging gunfire with police. Fox News, "Connecting with hostage-taker helped woman survive ordeal," 3 Aug. 2018 The suit alleges police stormed into the shelter with AR-15 rifles and a police dog and used excessive force against Elifritz, who his family says was experiencing a mental health crisis and posed no threat to the officers. Maxine Bernstein,, "Family of man fatally shot by police in Portland homeless shelter files federal lawsuit," 23 May 2018 The home team eventually ran out narrow 3-2 winners, having stormed into a 3-0 lead which tells a truer tale of the match than the final score line., "Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo Preview: Form Guide, Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 11 May 2018 The other big change is that denser QLC (quad-level cell) drives have stormed the PC. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Intel Optane Memory H10 SSD Review: How it could speed up your next laptop," 22 Apr. 2019 There's perhaps no military action older than castle storming. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 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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