a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or dust.
a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong winds.
Also called violent storm. Meteorology. a wind of 64–72 miles per hour (29–32 m/sec).
a violent military assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like.
a heavy or sudden volley or discharge:
a storm of criticism; a storm of bullets.
a violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social, or domestic commotion.
a violent outburst or outbreak of expression:
a storm of applause.
Informal. storm window.
verb (used without object)
(of the wind or weather) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, hail, etc., especially with violence (usually used impersonally with it as subject):
It stormed all day.
to rage or complain with violence or fury:
He stormed angrily at me.
to deliver a violent attack or fire, as with artillery:
The troops stormed against the garrison.
to rush to an assault or attack:
The tanks stormed towards the city.
to rush angrily:
to storm out of a room.
verb (used with object)
to subject to or as if to a storm:
The salesman stormed them with offers.
to utter or say with angry vehemence:
The strikers stormed their demands.
to attack or assault (persons, places, or things):
to storm a fortress.
storm in a teacup. teacup (def 3).
(informal) characterized by or displaying dynamism, speed, and energy: a storming performance
a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc
(as modifier): storm signal, storm sail
(in combination): stormproof
(meteorol) a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
a strong or violent reaction: a storm of protest
a direct assault on a stronghold
a heavy discharge or rain, as of bullets or missiles
short for storm window (sense 1)
(Brit) storm in a teacup, a violent fuss or disturbance over a trivial matter US equivalent tempest in a teapot
take by storm
to capture or overrun by a violent assault
to overwhelm and enthral
to attack or capture (something) suddenly and violently
(intransitive) to be vociferously angry
(intransitive) to move or rush violently or angrily
(intransitive; with it as subject) to rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning
An exacerbation of symptoms or a crisis in the course of a disease.
A low-pressure atmospheric disturbance resulting in strong winds accompanied by rain, snow, or other precipitation and often by thunder and lightning.
A wind with a speed from 103 to 117 km (64 to 73 mi) per hour, rating 11 on the Beaufort scale.
- Storm lane
noun See tornado alley
- Storm lantern
noun 1. another name for hurricane lamp
adjective 1. without storms.
noun 1. a suburb of Belfast: site of Parliament House (1928–30), formerly the seat of the parliament of Northern Ireland (1922–72) and since 1998 of the Northern Ireland assembly, and Stormont Castle, formerly the residence of the prime minister of Northern Ireland and since 1998 the office of the province’s first minister