Definition of tornado
1a : a violent destructive whirling wind accompanied by a funnel-shaped cloud that progresses in a narrow path over the landb : 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
Recent Examples of tornado from the Web
The May 16 tornado formed from a classic supercell that formed in the relatively desolate Plains.
A tornado touched down at the air base, damaging seven RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.
There is a small chance for high, damaging winds and small hail, but most storms will not be severe and no tornadoes are expected.
In a budget plan that can be best described as punitive, Trump proposes to slash NOAA funding by hundreds of millions, eliminating early warning systems for tornadoes such as Vortex-Southeast.
Ms. Huang’s nephew, Ayden Huang, 7, his feet in yellow Crocs, stood nearby holding the Rainbow — a cup of soft serve topped with tricolor cotton candy in the shape of an inverted tornado.
Gregg Miller, who was nearly killed by flying debris when the tornado tore off his roof and exploded his windows, says Andy came by with another officer to deliver blankets, gift cards and food.
In addition to the mini golf course, there are batting cages, go-karts, junior go-karts, a tornado ride, a child's rollercoaster and arcade.
Celebrities live another life, but any playdate in the real world would turn that meticulous room into a tornado of board game pieces and building blocks.
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TORNADO Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of tornado for Students
: 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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