tor·​na·​dic tȯr-ˈnā-dik How to pronounce tornadic (audio) -ˈna- How to pronounce tornadic (audio)
: relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a tornado
tornadic winds
a tornadic storm

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Jay Fleming, a photographer and frequenter of the island, started a GoFundMe campaign the night the tornadic waterspout struck. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2022 There are two types of waterspouts: tornadic and fair weather. Cheryl Mccloud, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 Smith Island, the tiny and isolated Maryland community with a population of about 200, had been hit by a tornadic waterspout, and recovery efforts began within minutes. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 6 Aug. 2022 While winds were not tornadic, forecasters said gusts of 30 to 50 mph were possible in thunderstorms. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 1 Aug. 2022 More than 20 million Americans live in areas with tornadic potential today. ABC News, 23 July 2022 May and June mark the peak of tornadic weather in the US. Judson Jones, CNN, 2 May 2022 The tornadic thunderstorm that carved a 250-mile path of destruction through northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, northwest Tennessee and western Kentucky, hurling debris into the sky for over three straight hours. Michael Birnbaum, Brady Dennis, Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Dec. 2021 The tornadic storm erupted along a strong cold front sweeping across the country. Keith Mcmillan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tornadic was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Tornadic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2022

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