tornado

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noun tor·na·do \tȯr-ˈnā-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of tornado

plural

tornadoes

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tornados

  1. 1 archaic :  a tropical thunderstorm

  2. 2a :  a squall accompanying a thunderstorm in Africab :  a violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the land

  3. 3 :  a violent windstorm :  whirlwind

Examples of tornado in a sentence

  1. in the path of a tornado

Origin and Etymology of tornado

modification of Spanish tronada thunderstorm, from tronar to thunder, from Latin tonare — more at thunder


First Known Use: 1556

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TORNADO Defined for English Language Learners

tornado

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noun tor·na·do \tȯr-ˈnā-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of tornado for English Language Learners

  • : a violent and destructive storm in which powerful winds move around a central point


TORNADO Defined for Kids

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noun tor·na·do \tȯr-ˈnā-dō\

Definition of tornado for Students

plural

tornadoes

or

tornados

  1. :  a violent whirling wind accompanied by a cloud that is shaped like a funnel and moves overland in a narrow path



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