noun, often attributive
\ ˈstȯrm How to pronounce storm (audio) \
plural storms

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
c medicine : the sudden and often dangerous onset, increase, or worsening of the symptoms of a disease — see also cytokine storm
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

Synonyms: Verb

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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. ommandos 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 By some accounts, the preliminary number of deaths attributed to the storm is nearly 200, and the economic toll for the Lone Star State is estimated to be as high as $295 billion. University Of Houston Energy Fellows, Forbes, "Electric Cooperatives, The Lone Shining Utility Star Of The Texas 2021 Winter Storm," 11 May 2021 Biggers also wants to subdivide the site into four lots: one for the dealership, two for storm water detention and last to remain as a parking lot for Randall Road Holdings, which owns and leases equipment to Motorola, Latinovic said. Gloria Casas,, "Elgin City Council set to sign off on the annexation, plats and variances Biggers Mazda needs to move to Randall Road," 11 May 2021 Tropical Storm Andres on Sunday became the earliest storm on record to develop in the eastern Pacific. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "National weather forecast: Hurricane season expected to have above-average activity," 10 May 2021 Furthermore, the clear conditions preceding the storm could have led to the formation of a layer of light, feathery frost, known as surface hoar. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "Has an Old Soviet Mystery at Last Been Solved?," 10 May 2021 The plan was immensely destructive yet relied on storm-flooding projections only through the 2050s. Keith Gessen, Curbed, "New York’s first climate adaptation battle is here.," 10 May 2021 Once a lagoon fed by mountain streams, the east basin is now fed by storm drain runoff from surrounding hillside areas, groundwater and rain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nesting migratory birds posing challenges for Lindo Lake fixes," 9 May 2021 That's because stubborn spring cold will combine with a moisture laden storm system to drop temperatures just low enough for some wet, sloppy snowflakes. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Rare Mother's Day snow possible from Illinois through Pennsylvania," 9 May 2021 But the storm is notable for its early arrival – just beating out the record set by Tropical Storm Adrian, which strengthened to named status on May 10, 2017, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "Andres becomes the earliest tropical storm on record to form in the Pacific," 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In January, when Mr. Trump’s false claims of voter fraud stirred a mob to storm Congress, Mr. Schwarzenegger posted a speech comparing their actions to the 1938 Kristallnacht sacking of Jewish neighborhoods by European Nazis. New York Times, "Arnold Schwarzenegger Is No Longer the Governor of California. Right?," 1 May 2021 In January, when Trump’s false claims of voter fraud stirred a mob to storm Congress, Schwarzenegger posted a speech comparing their actions to the 1938 Kristallnacht sacking of Jewish neighborhoods by European Nazis., "Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the governor of California. Right?," 1 May 2021 Another unique challenge to storm preparedness and survival is that Alabama has the fifth highest percentage of manufactured (or mobile) homes in the U.S. Brian Hastings And Roy Wright, al, "Ten years after the worst tornadoes in Alabama history, more must be done to strengthen our houses," 27 Apr. 2021 The movie closes with the 1969 raid, in which police storm an apartment, killing Clark. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Fred Hampton's son and widow, on 'Judas,' the Oscars and the fight to preserve the Black Panthers' legacy," 24 Apr. 2021 Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street surveillance, and other intelligence, including information that suggests mobs could try to storm the Capitol again and threats to kill some members of Congress. Stefanie Dazio And Michael Balsamo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Capitol investigators work to identify security threats," 14 Jan. 2021 The impeachment article charges Trump with inciting an insurrection by falsely claiming the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him and encouraging supporters to storm the Capitol as lawmakers were certifying the results. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: New year. New impeachment," 11 Jan. 2021 Because the Iowa protesters didn't storm the state Capitol. Daniel Dale, CNN, "Fact check: How a group of right-wingers spread a lie that Black Lives Matter stormed Iowa's Capitol," 13 Apr. 2021 Figures, most of them men, and some of them heavily armed, storm the Capitol stairs, waving Trump signs, right-wing slogans and Confederate and American flags. Brienne Walsh, Forbes, "Celeste Dupuy-Spencer Compares Progressives To Evangelicals In A New Painting," 12 Mar. 2021

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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


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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

: the sudden and often dangerous onset, increase, or worsening of the symptoms of a disease — see also cytokine storm, thyroid storm

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