Meaning of STORM in English


I. ˈstȯrm noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German sturm storm, Old English styrian to stir

Date: before 12th century


a. : a disturbance of the atmosphere marked by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning

b. : a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail


(1) : wind having a speed of 64 to 72 miles (103 to 117 kilometers) per hour

(2) : whole gale — see Beaufort scale table

d. : a serious disturbance of any element of nature

2. : a disturbed or agitated state

storm s of emotion

: a sudden or violent commotion

3. : a heavy discharge of objects (as missiles)

4. : a tumultuous outburst

a storm of protests


a. : paroxysm 2

b. : a sudden heavy influx or onset

6. : a violent assault on a defended position

7. plural : storm window

- by storm

- up a storm

II. verb

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb


a. : to blow with violence

b. : to rain, hail, snow, or sleet vigorously

2. : to attack by storm

storm ed ashore at zero hour

3. : to be in or to exhibit a violent passion : rage

storm ing at the unusual delay

4. : to rush about or move impetuously, violently, or angrily

the mob storm ed through the streets

transitive verb

: to attack, take, or win over by storm

storm a fort

Synonyms: see attack

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.