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 intensifierdancing 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. 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 Officials said that the single road in and out of the subdivision would be subject to flooding, raising the risk that emergency vehicles would be unable to reach the homes during a storm. John Schwartz, New York Times, "As Climate Risk Grows, Cities Test a Tough Strategy: Saying ‘No’ to Developers," 20 Nov. 2019 Cape Lookout National Seashore officials believe the cows swam up to 5 miles during the September storm before being found near Cape Lookout this month. Washington Post, "SoCal Edison agrees t0 $360 million settlement over deadly wildfires caused by its equipment," 14 Nov. 2019 Officials believe the cows swam several miles across the Core Sound from Cedar Island during the storm. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Cows swept out to sea during Hurricane Dorian found alive after swimming for miles," 13 Nov. 2019 But a city worker still must visually monitor the tunnel and dam during storms. Author: Rachel D'oro, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward seeks upgrades for antiquated flood-control system," 11 Nov. 2019 The ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all 29 crew members., "In 1775, the US Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress.," 10 Nov. 2019 The ore-hauling ship SS Edmund Fitzgerald mysteriously sank during a storm in Lake Superior with the loss of all 29 crew members. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Today in History, November 10, 1969: ‘Sesame Street’ made its debut on television," 10 Nov. 2019 The project is in response to basement flooding experienced during major rain storms. Linda G. Kramer, cleveland, "Grant to help fund Berea sewer project: Community Voices," 8 Nov. 2019 While the Colorado Department of Transportation discourages unnecessary travel to the mountains along I-70 during the snow storm, officials remind drivers to be cognizant of the state’s traction and chain laws. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "More flight delays, hazardous road conditions expected as snowfall increases in Denver," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Initially, images posted on social media showed rioters storming banks, petrol stations and government buildings and setting them ablaze. Sara Mazloumsaki And Lauren Said-moorhouse, CNN, "Something is happening in Iran. But what?," 20 Nov. 2019 Early Monday, the police tried storming the campus at the main entrance and made some arrests., "Hong Kong police try to oust protesters from campus retreats," 17 Nov. 2019 A week ago Minnesota’s game ended with a field-storming for the ages, apropos of a program enjoying its greatest success since the 1960s. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 12, including Minnesota’s slim playoff hopes and the Big Ten’s Herschel Walker. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 17 Nov. 2019 Iowa is also favored by three points, per Las Vegas Insider, as some expect the Gophers to come crashing down after experiencing such an emotional high following that field-storming victory over the Nittany Lions. Mark Heim |, al, "Minnesota vs. Iowa (11/16) 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 16 Nov. 2019 Shortly after Swift’s statement went live, the hashtag #IStandWithTaylor began trending on Twitter, while the singer’s fans stormed the social media accounts of Braun, Grande, Lovato, and more with comments. Joey Nolfi,, "Big Machine denies blocking Taylor Swift's music use, 'shocked' by singer's claims," 15 Nov. 2019 Yet the first of the season-high seven sacks the Buckeyes recorded that day came when Hamilton stormed into the backfield and took down quarterback Josh Jackson on the game’s second snap. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "How Ohio State football’s DaVon Hamilton is brining a new source of pressure: Friday Focus," 15 Nov. 2019 The compound in northern Syria where the former leader of the Islamic State terror group was holed up until U.S. special operations forces stormed it last month was reportedly connected to the Internet until the day of the fateful raid. Fox News, "Baghdadi's compound in Syria had Internet until day of deadly US raid, report says," 13 Nov. 2019 When the day was done and the Buffs had stormed the field in victory, Shenault could only watch from the other end of the sideline, thankful that CU had finally pulled one out. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "“I live for moments like this”: CU Buffs Laviska Shenault shows no quit in do-or-die win over Stanford," 9 Nov. 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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25 Nov 2019

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“Storm.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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


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Medical Definition of storm

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

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