Meaning of STORM in English


/ stɔːm; NAmE stɔːrm/ noun , verb

■ noun


very bad weather with strong winds and rain, and often thunder and lightning :

fierce / heavy / violent storms

A few minutes later the storm broke (= began) .

I think we're in for a storm (= going to have one) .

storm damage

➡ note at weather


(in compounds) very bad weather of the type mentioned :

a thunderstorm / snowstorm / sandstorm

—see also electrical storm , rainstorm


storm (of sth) a situation in which a lot of people suddenly express very strong feelings about sth :

a storm of protest

A political storm is brewing over the Prime Minister's comments.


storm of sth a sudden loud noise that is caused by emotion or excitement

SYN roar :

a storm of applause

—see also brainstorm


- a storm in a teacup

- take sth/sb by storm

—more at calm noun , port

■ verb


to suddenly attack a place :

[ vn ]

Police stormed the building and captured the gunman.

[ v ]

Soldiers stormed into the city at dawn.


[ v + adv. / prep. ] to go somewhere quickly and in an angry, noisy way :

She stormed into my office waving a newspaper.

He burst into tears and stormed off.


[ v speech ] to say sth in a loud angry way :

'Don't you know who I am?' she stormed.



Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch storm and German Sturm , probably also to the verb stir . The verb dates from late Middle English .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.