Meaning of STORM in English

I. ˈstȯ(ə)rm, -ȯ(ə)m noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old Saxon & Middle Dutch storm, Old High German sturm, Old Norse stormr storm, Old English styrian to stir — more at stir


a. : a violent disturbance of the atmosphere attended by wind and usually by rain, snow, hail, sleet, or thunder and lightning : tempest — see tropical storm ; compare cyclone , hurricane

b. : a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail whether accompanied with wind or not

c. : stormy weather

captured their … varying moods in sun, storm and snow, — British Book News

d. : wind having a speed of 64 to 72 miles per hour — see beaufort scale table

e. : a serious disturbance of any element of nature

ionospheric storm

— see magnetic storm

2. : a disturbed or agitated state : a sudden or violent commotion

the economic storms of the 1930s — Woolworth's First 75 Years

the storms of adolescence

whose life has been a passage through storms of emotion — P.E.More

a storm of birds in the … trees — W.B.Yeats


a. : paroxysm , crisis

b. : a sudden increase in the symptoms of a disease

thyroid storm

c. : a sudden heavy influx or onset

the storm of paperbacks now flooding the country — Harrison Smith

the storm of students now entering college

4. : a heavy discharge of objects (as missiles) or actions (as blows)

a storm of arrows

a storm of petals

5. : a tumultuous outburst

a storm of protests

no words could be heard above the storm of catcalls — E.S.Bates

6. : a violent assault on a defended position

7. storms plural : storm windows

put up the storms

- by storm

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English stormen, from storm, n.

intransitive verb


a. : to blow with violence

the wind … stormed in at nearly 40 miles an hour — J.A.Michener

b. : to rain, hail, snow, or sleet especially in a violent manner or with high wind — usually used with it

it was storming in the mountains

2. : to attack by storm

armored divisions storming toward the city

the attackers stormed ashore at sunrise

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

storming at the unusual delay

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

the mob stormed through the streets

jumped into his clothes and stormed over to the office — Nathaniel Benchley

on such occasions the river storms down in a rush — J.H.Moolman

transitive verb

: to attack, take, or win over by storm

storm a fort

trying to storm the public by a mannerism — O.W.Holmes †1935

they simply stormed their audiences — Philip Carr

Synonyms: see attack

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.