Meaning of STORM in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ stɔ:(r)m ]

( storms, storming, stormed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A storm is very bad weather, with heavy rain, strong winds, and often thunder and lightning.

...the violent storms which whipped America’s East Coast.



If something causes a storm , it causes an angry or excited reaction from a large number of people.

The photos caused a storm when they were first published...

...the storm of publicity that Richard’s book had generated.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


A storm of applause or other noise is a sudden loud amount of it made by an audience or other group of people in reaction to something.

His speech was greeted with a storm of applause...

N-COUNT : usu sing , usu N of n


If you storm into or out of a place, you enter or leave it quickly and noisily, because you are angry.

He stormed into an office, demanding to know where the head of department was.

VERB : V adv / prep


If a place that is being defended is stormed , a group of people attack it, usually in order to get inside it.

Government buildings have been stormed and looted...

The refugees decided to storm the embassy.

VERB : be V-ed , V n

• storm‧ing

...the storming of the Bastille.

N-UNCOUNT : N of n


see also firestorm


If someone or something takes a place by storm , they are extremely successful.

Kenya’s long distance runners have taken the athletics world by storm.

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone weathers the storm , they succeed in reaching the end of a very difficult period without much harm or damage.

He insists he will not resign and will weather the storm.

PHRASE : V and N inflect


a storm in a teacup: see teacup

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.