storm

A storm is what happens when the earth's atmosphere is disturbed. If the weather report says that a storm is on the way, you might want to carry an umbrella — or just stay at home and watch movies.

Storms range from the windstorm that blows branches off your tree to the snowstorm that buries your neighborhood under two feet of the white stuff. It's a verb too: "It began to storm outside, and the rain beat down on the windows." Figuratively, you might even storm angrily: "My sister was so mad that she stormed around her room, kicking things." Something controversial can also cause a figurative storm, or uproar.

Definitions of storm
  1. noun
    a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
    synonyms: violent storm
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    firestorm
    a storm in which violent winds are drawn into the column of hot air rising over a severely bombed area
    noreaster, northeaster
    a storm blowing from the northeast
    hailstorm
    a storm during which hail falls
    ice storm, silver storm
    a storm with freezing rain that leaves everything glazed with ice
    rainstorm
    a storm with rain
    blizzard, snowstorm
    a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
    electric storm, electrical storm, thunderstorm
    a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning
    windstorm
    a storm consisting of violent winds
    cyclone
    a violent rotating windstorm
    dust storm, duster, sandstorm, sirocco
    a windstorm that lifts up clouds of dust or sand
    equinoctial storm, line storm
    a violent rainstorm near the time of an equinox
    thundershower
    a short rainstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning
    tempest
    a strong storm with violent winds
    whirlwind
    a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth
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    atmospheric phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere
  2. noun
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    “the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away”
    synonyms: maelstrom, tempest
  3. noun
    a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
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    assault
    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
  4. verb
    blow hard
    “It was storming all night”
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    blow
    be blowing or storming
  5. verb
    rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning
    “If it storms, we'll need shelter”
  6. verb
    behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
    synonyms: rage, ramp
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  7. verb
    attack by storm; attack suddenly
    synonyms: surprise
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    assail, attack
    launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with
  8. verb
    take by force
    Storm the fort”
    synonyms: force
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    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
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