Meaning of THUNDERSTORM in English


thun ‧ der ‧ storm /ˈθʌndəstɔːm $ -dərstɔːrm/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

a storm with thunder and lightning

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▪ storm a period of very bad weather when there is a lot of rain or snow, strong winds, and often lightning:

The ship sank in a violent storm.


They got caught in a storm on top of the mountain.


The storm hit the coast of Florida on Tuesday.


The cost of repairing storm damage will run into millions of pounds.

▪ thunderstorm a storm in which there is a lot of ↑ thunder (=loud noise in the sky) and ↑ lightning (=flashes of light in the sky) :

When I was young i was terrified of thunderstorms.

▪ hurricane a storm that has very strong fast winds and that moves over water – used about storms in the North Atlantic Ocean:

Hurricane Katrina battered the US Gulf Coast.


the hurricane season

▪ typhoon a very violent tropical storm – used about storms in the Western Pacific Ocean:

A powerful typhoon hit southern China today.


Weather experts are monitoring typhoons in Hong Kong and China.

▪ cyclone a severe storm affecting a large area, in which the wind moves around in a big circle:

Thousands of people died when a tropical cyclone hit Bangladesh.


Cyclone ‘Joy’ inflicted damage estimated at $40 million, with winds of up to 145 miles per hour.

▪ tornado ( also twister American English informal ) an extremely violent storm that consists of air that spins very quickly and causes a lot of damage:

The tornado ripped the roof off his house.


For the second time in a week deadly tornadoes have torn through Tennessee.

▪ snowstorm a storm with strong winds and a lot of snow:

A major snowstorm blew across Colorado.

▪ blizzard a severe snowstorm in which the snow is blown around by strong winds, making it difficult to see anything:

We got stuck in a blizzard.


Denver is bracing itself for blizzard conditions.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.