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storm

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1 a disturbance of the atmosphere accompanied by wind and often by precipitation (as rain or snow)
  • a winter storm bringing about six inches of snow

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2 a heavy fall of objects
  • police had to endure a storm of rocks and bricks hurled by the rioters

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3 a rapid or overwhelming outpouring of many things at once
  • the army's spokesperson faced a storm of questions from reporters

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4 a state of noisy, confused activity
  • a few minutes of calm before the storm, when the store would open its doors on the busiest day of the year

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5 a steady falling of water from the sky in significant quantity
  • the storm caused major damage to our barn

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6 a sudden intense expression of strong feeling
  • a storm of indignation and demands for his resignation arose when the mayor's dishonesty was exposed

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7 a violent disturbance (as of the political or social order)
  • civil wars and other storms of unrest swept through the African continent

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storm

verb

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1 to express one's anger usually violently
  • the chef spent the morning storming at his staff about the ruined sauces

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2 to fall as water in a continuous stream of drops from the clouds
  • it storms so frequently up in the mountains that the peaks are rarely visible from the valley below

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3 to take sudden, violent action against
  • the pirates stormed the ship, easily taking the whole crew as their prisoners

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4 to be excited or emotionally stirred up with anger
  • by the time we arrived, our hostess was storming because dinner was ruined

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How does the verb storm contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of storm are assail, assault, attack, and bombard. While all these words mean "to make an onslaught upon," storm implies attempting to break into a defended position.

preparing to storm the fortress

When might assail be a better fit than storm?

While in some cases nearly identical to storm, assail implies attempting to break down resistance by repeated blows or shots.

assailed the enemy with artillery fire

Where would assault be a reasonable alternative to storm?

In some situations, the words assault and storm are roughly equivalent. However, assault suggests a direct attempt to overpower by suddenness and violence of onslaught.

commandos assaulted the building from all sides

When would attack be a good substitute for storm?

The words attack and storm can be used in similar contexts, but attack implies taking the initiative in a struggle.

plan to attack the town at dawn

When can bombard be used instead of storm?

The words bombard and storm are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, bombard applies to attacking with bombs or shells.

bombarded the city nightly

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The first known use of storm was before the 12th century

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“Storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/storm. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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