typhoon

noun
ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün \

Definition of typhoon

1 : a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea
2 : whirlwind sense 2a a typhoon of activity

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One-time events played a role in some of these bumps, including a typhoon and earthquake that hit Japan and bottlenecks at German auto plants associated with new emissions standards. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead," 14 Nov. 2018 The toll was high, even for a country prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. Ken Moritsugu, Fox News, "Deadly month: Japan's weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 31 July 2018 The toll was high, even for a country prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and typhoons. Ken Moritsugu, The Seattle Times, "Deadly month: Japan’s weather-related deaths top 300 in July," 30 July 2018 Many homes were destroyed because some poor families can’t afford concrete homes that conform to building codes meant to withstand typhoon winds, said Edwin Propst, a member of the territory’s House of Representatives. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "US sends aid to Pacific islands devastated by huge typhoon," 26 Oct. 2018 Typhoon Kong-rey is already strengthening in the Pacific Ocean—and may even reach super typhoon status with 150 mph winds. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018 According to the report, a major concern is a typhoon damaging the wreck and facilitating a major leak. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 Its sustained winds could strengthen to 220 kph (136 mph), or just below the super typhoon category, before making landfall, forecaster Meno Mendoza said. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippines braces for most powerful typhoon this year," 12 Sep. 2018 What to Watch Trami, the 24th typhoon of this season, will be far from the last, especially since the season last through November. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of typhoon

1771, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typhoon

alteration (influenced by Chin — Guangdong — daaih-fùng, from daaih big + fùng wind) of earlier touffon, from Arabic ṭūfān hurricane, from Greek typhōn violent storm

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typhoon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of typhoon

: an extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm that occurs especially in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea

typhoon

noun
ty·​phoon | \ tī-ˈfün \

Kids Definition of typhoon

: a tropical cyclone in the region of the Philippines or the China Sea

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