- an atmospheric disturbance characterized by a strong wind, usually accompanied by rain, snow, sleet, or hail, and, often, thunder and lightning
- any heavy fall of snow, rain, or hail
- anything resembling a storm; specif.,
- a heavy shower or volley of things: a storm of bullets
- a strong outburst of emotion, passion, excitement, etc.
- a strong disturbance or upheaval of a political or social nature
- a sudden, strong attack on a fortified place: now mainly in the phrase take by storm, to conquer, overwhelm, or win over suddenly and forcefully
- : usually used in pl.
- storm window
- storm door
- Meteorol. a wind whose speed is 64 to 72 miles per hour
Origin of stormMiddle English from OE, akin to German sturm from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)twer-, to whirl, move or turn quickly from source stir, Classical Latin turbare, to agitate
- to be stormy; blow violently, rain, snow, etc.
- to be violently angry; rage; rant
- to rush or move violently and tumultuously: to storm into a room
- to attack or direct something at (someone) in a vigorous or angry outburst: to storm a speaker with questions
- to capture or attempt to capture (a fortified place) with a sudden, strong attack
up a storm