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
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n a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning

Synonyms:
violent storm
Types:
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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
(literary) a violent wind
whirlwind
a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth
Type of:
atmospheric phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere

n a violent commotion or disturbance

“the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away”
Synonyms:
tempest
Type of:
commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
a disorderly outburst or tumult

n a direct and violent assault on a stronghold

Type of:
assault
close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

v blow hard

“It was storming all night”
Type of:
blow
be blowing or storming

v rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning

“If it storms, we'll need shelter”

v behave violently, as if in state of a great anger

Synonyms:
rage, ramp
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

v attack by storm; attack suddenly

Synonyms:
surprise
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

v take by force

Storm the fort”
Synonyms:
force
Type of:
penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

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