Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An atmospheric disturbance manifested in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, or other precipitation and often by thunder and lightning.
  • n. A wind with a speed from 64 to 73 miles (from 103 to 117 kilometers) per hour, according to the Beaufort scale. Also called violent storm.
  • n. A heavy shower of objects, such as bullets or missiles.
  • n. A strong or violent outburst, as of emotion or excitement: a storm of tears.
  • n. A violent disturbance or upheaval, as in political, social, or domestic affairs: a storm of protest.
  • n. A violent, sudden attack on a fortified place.
  • n. A storm window.
  • intransitive v. To blow forcefully.
  • intransitive v. To precipitate rain, snow, hail, or sleet.
  • intransitive v. To be extremely angry; rant and rage.
  • intransitive v. To move or rush tumultuously, violently, or angrily: stormed into the room.
  • transitive v. To assault, capture, or captivate by storm. See Synonyms at attack.
  • idiom take by storm To captivate completely: a new play that took New York City by storm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any disturbed state of the atmosphere, especially as affecting the earth's surface, and strongly implying destructive or unpleasant weather.
  • n. a wind scale for very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane (10 or higher on the Beaufort scale).
  • n. A violent assault on a stronghold or fortified position.
  • v. To move quickly and noisily like a storm, usually in a state of uproar or anger.
  • v. To assault (a stronghold or fortification) with military forces.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent disturbance of the atmosphere, attended by wind, rain, snow, hail, or thunder and lightning; hence, often, a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, whether accompanied with wind or not.
  • n. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; sedition, insurrection, or war; violent outbreak; clamor; tumult.
  • n. A heavy shower or fall, any adverse outburst of tumultuous force; violence.
  • n. A violent assault on a fortified place; a furious attempt of troops to enter and take a fortified place by scaling the walls, forcing the gates, or the like.
  • intransitive v. To raise a tempest.
  • intransitive v. To blow with violence; also, to rain, hail, snow, or the like, usually in a violent manner, or with high wind; -- used impersonally.
  • intransitive v. To rage; to be in a violent passion; to fume.
  • transitive v. To assault; to attack, and attempt to take, by scaling walls, forcing gates, breaches, or the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blow with great force; also, to rain, hail, snow, or sleet, especially with violence: used impersonally: as, it storms.
  • To fume; scold; rage; be in a violent agitation or passion; raise a tempest.
  • To move with violence; rush angrily or impetuously: as, he stormed about the room.
  • To attack and attempt to take possession of, as by scaling walls or forcing gates or breaches; assault: as, to storm a fortified town: often used figuratively.
  • n. A disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual direction or force, or by rain (often with lightning and thunder), snow, or hail, or by several of these phenomena in combination; a tempest: also used with reference to precipitation only, as in hail-storm, thunder-storm, snow-storm.
  • n. Specifically— Technically, in nautical use, a wind of force 11 on the Beaufort scale, being that in which a man-of-war could carry only storm-staysails.
  • n. A fall of snow.
  • n. A prolonged frost.
  • n. Hence, figuratively A tempestuous flight or descent of objects fiercely hurled: as, a storm of missiles.
  • n. A violent disturbance or agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; a tumult; a clamor.
  • n. A destructive or overwhelming calamity; extremity of adversity or disaster.
  • n. A vehement or passionate outbreak, as of some emotion, or of the expression of such emotion: as, a storm of indignation; a storm of applause; a storm of hisses.
  • n. Milit., a violent assault on a fortified place or strong position; a dashing attempt by troops to capture a fortified place, as by scaling the walls or forcing the gates.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. To captivate or carry away by surprising or delighting: as, the new singer has taken the town by storm.
  • n. Synonyms Tempest, etc. See wind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. blow hard
  • n. a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
  • v. attack by storm; attack suddenly
  • n. a violent commotion or disturbance
  • n. a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
  • v. behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
  • v. take by force
  • v. rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English storm, from Old English storm ("a storm, tempest; a storm of arrows; disturbance, disquiet; uproar, tumult; rush, onrush, attack, violent attack"), from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz (“storm”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (“to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around”). Cognate with Scots storm ("storm"), West Frisian stoarm ("storm"), Dutch storm ("storm"), Low German storm ("storm"), German Sturm ("storm"), Danish storm ("storm"), Swedish storm ("storm"), Icelandic stormur ("storm"). Related to stir. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English stormen, sturmen, from Old English styrman ("to storm, rage; make a great noise, cry aloud, shout"), from Proto-Germanic *sturmijanan (“to storm”). Cognate with Dutch stormen ("to storm; bluster"), Low German stormen ("to storm"), German stürmen ("to storm; rage; attack; assault"), Swedish storma ("to storm; bluster"), Icelandic storma ("to storm"). (Wiktionary)

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