tornado

noun
tor·​na·​do | \ tȯr-ˈnā-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce tornado (audio) \
plural tornadoes or tornados

Definition of tornado

1a : a violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the land
b : a squall accompanying a thunderstorm in Africa
2 : a violent windstorm : whirlwind
3 archaic : a tropical thunderstorm

Examples of tornado in a Sentence

in the path of a tornado

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One of the tornadoes damaged at least one outbuilding in the county. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weather service confirms two tornadoes touched down in western Wisconsin on Tuesday," 27 June 2018 Schidlowsky noted that the tornado itself reached 200 feet. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Terrifying 'fire tornado' sucks firehose 200 feet into the sky, then melts it in midair," 18 Sep. 2018 Horrifying phenomena like the massive fire tornadoes within the Carr Fire have only added to the destruction. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "200 Soldiers Are Being Sent to California to Fight Fires," 6 Aug. 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. Washington Post, "Milwaukee settles lawsuit over stop-and-frisk," 11 July 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist John Paul Martin classified the tornado as an EF2, which is defined by winds speeds between 111 and 135 mph. CBS News, "Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city," 11 July 2018 Next door, the tornado shoved a Dumpster from Lake Tire & Auto onto the northbound lanes of U.S. 441. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares twister 'nightmarish' for restaurateur but tame in the scheme of things," 5 July 2018 The tornado will be officially categorized in the next few days. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Five-ton tractor 'missing' in South Dakota following tornado," 2 July 2018 The tornado spun directly through Lake Lotawana, according to the Weather Service. Max Londberg, kansascity, "Tornado near Lee's Summit damages property. Injuries, outages reported elsewhere," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of tornado

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tornado

modification of Spanish tronada thunderstorm, from tronar to thunder, from Latin tonare — more at thunder entry 1

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tornado

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tornado

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

tornado

noun
tor·​na·​do | \ tȯr-ˈnā-dō How to pronounce tornado (audio) \
plural tornadoes or tornados

Kids Definition of tornado

: 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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