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

Some of the state’s most fledgling industries could also take it on the chin in this storm. Washington Post, "Florida’s Atlantic Coast is preparing for a direct hit from Hurricane Dorian," 30 Aug. 2019 Hurricane Dorian is currently a Category 2 storm and is hurtling towards Florida's east coast. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell 'rooting' for Hurricane Dorian to hit Trump's Mar-a-Lago," 30 Aug. 2019 Justin Tucker and the rest of the team leave the field during the fourth quarter of the preseason game against the Eagles after it was delayed (and later ended) due to a storm on August 22, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Ravens’ strengths might not be enough to overcome weaknesses as they transition to games that count," 30 Aug. 2019 With the monsoon season lasting through Sept. 30, this storm may not be the last of the season. Alexa Fuenmayor, azcentral, "Arizona ends a dry August with rainfall, more rain possible next week," 29 Aug. 2019 Killen's chicken sandwich giveaway comes on the heels of a social media storm ignited by the launch of a fried chicken sandwich from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland's Killen's Burgers giving away 1,000 free chicken sandwiches," 29 Aug. 2019 Players were sent off in threesomes off both tees—both tees, at the Masters!—in anticipation of a storm that held off just long enough. Daniel Rapaport,, "From Augusta to East Lake: 18 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 PGA Tour Season," 26 Aug. 2019 The G-7 Research Group at the University of Toronto says that countries complied with 76% of their commitments from last year's summit in Canada, despite its somewhat ignominious end in a Trump Twitter storm. David Mchugh,, "The G-7 is meeting this weekend in France: Here’s a quick guide to the group, which Trump says should let Russia back in," 23 Aug. 2019 Gale-force winds flamed embers that descended on the foothill town of Paradise and created a storm of fire that claimed 86 lives and an estimated 14,000 homes. Rusty Simmons,, "Paradise High returns to the football field, providing a devastated town with hope," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Soon after, the student section stormed the field and security quickly ushered them back to the stands. Jenna West,, "Iowa State Students Rush Field at Jack Trice Stadium During Weather Delay," 14 Sep. 2019 But the dog lovers were already storming out of the town hall., "The board members voted 5-2 in favor of dismantling the dog park that has divided the District of Columbia suburb for months, turning it into just a park.," 11 Sep. 2019 On Tuesday, hundreds of people stormed the meeting. Sarah Ravani,, "Fremont chooses city hall parking lot for controversial homeless center," 11 Sep. 2019 But the dog lovers were already storming out of the town hall. Jessica Contrera,, "Controversial dog park that divided this Maryland town will be dismantled," 10 Sep. 2019 Eventually, Aaron Rodgers might storm the NFL in LaFleur's scheme, which is akin to Sean McVay's with the Rams. Dan Wiederer,, "Can the Bears beat the Packers on the NFL's opening night? Our writers make their picks.," 4 Sep. 2019 His party stormed back to power in 1867 on a pledge to preserve white rule within California. Kevin Waite, The New Republic, "California’s Forgotten Confederate History," 19 Aug. 2019 When a gunman stormed a crowded Walmart in El Paso on Saturday, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than two dozen others, the Texas border city was hit with an unprecedented level of bloodshed and grief. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "For many, it's clear why El Paso, the "ground zero" of the border debate, was the shooting target," 5 Aug. 2019 In their first full year of operation, the Gray Panthers stormed the White House and requested access to the presidential conference on aging. Teen Vogue, "Who Was Maggie Kuhn, Co-Founder of the Elder Activist Group the Gray Panthers?," 2 Aug. 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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to spread over or through

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