storm

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

storm

verb
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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Verb

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

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

Photo: Hans Pennink/Associated Press Amtrak modified its schedule ahead of the storm, canceling 11 trips between Boston and New York on Sunday. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Arctic Blast From Canada to Bring Cold Snap Across Northeast," 20 Jan. 2019 Eventually, Michael took Clare to Shelter Island for her birthday and proposed with a gold, vintage-style engagement ring after dinner one evening during a big storm. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Stylist Clare Byrne Wore Not One, but Two Area Dresses at Her Wedding in Australia," 21 Mar. 2019 Hawks and drones circled overhead, as the mayor showed U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers around his rural town of 5,000 residents, which suffered extensive damage in the storm Sunday afternoon. Kate King, WSJ, "Tornado-Torn Alabama Community Begins Long Haul of Rebuilding," 5 Mar. 2019 More than 1,400 flights have already been canceled, in preparation for the storm. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hurricane Florence Will Mess With Your Travel Plans," 13 Sep. 2018 And in the middle stand the administrators of Twitter and other platforms, who would like to do nothing so much as buckle down and weather the storm. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 There are no watches or warnings in effect for the storm. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl forms in the Atlantic," 5 July 2018 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes and infrastructure, and researchers have estimated that more than 4,500 people may have died in the storm and its aftermath. Nicole Acevedo /, NBC News, "Judge extends FEMA temporary housing for Puerto Ricans displaced after hurricane," 3 July 2018 Before the storm, Hernández, 52, lived with her husband in Bayamón, just a few miles outside of San Juan. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When Islamic State stormed to the gates of Baghdad, Australian special forces, military training teams and strike fighters were there almost as quickly as American ones, because the U.S. should never have to take on the world’s fight solo. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Saturday offered Big East fans two notable achievements for two of its more prominent members as Xavier hired a new head coach and Villanova stormed to the national championship. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Why the Big East won big at the Final Four this weekend," 31 Mar. 2018 Everything can be linked back to the 2009 VMAs when Kanye stormed the stage to basically say Beyoncé should've won Best Female Video. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Celeb Feuds that Will Never, Ever Go Away," 6 Mar. 2019 Spike Lee reportedly stormed off after Green Book won Best Picture. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Most Awkward Moments From the 2019 Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 This season, accessories stormed the runways (and then the streets) in various shades of blue, and the color instantly became one of spring's biggest trends. Hannah Miller, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blue Accessories Are Having a Major Moment," 14 Mar. 2019 In late April, about 30 nomadic Fulani herdsmen were blamed for storming St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in the rural Middle Belt and killing at least 17 worshipers and two priests. Emmanuel Akinwotu, New York Times, "Nigeria’s Farmers and Herders Fight a Deadly Battle for Scarce Resources," 25 June 2018 During the standoff, Williams and a co-defendant were accused of terrorizing two women and six children, threatening to blow their heads off until authorities stormed the house and rescued them, according to a previous report. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County Jail detainee charged after officer was attacked in super-max division," 15 June 2018 At eleven or so, Mark Ronson hit the DJ deck and the party stormed—inside as well as out—and continued into the small wee hours. . . Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Takes In Louis Vuitton’s Glittering Cruise Collection In Cannes," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of storm

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for storm

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sturm storm, Old English styrian to stir

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storm

noun

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.

storm

verb

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

storm

noun
\ 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.

storm

verb
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

storm

noun
\ 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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