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storm definition

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This page has 29 definitions of storm with English translations in 7 languages. Storm is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use storm in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English storm definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English storm, from Old English storm (a storm, tempest; a storm of arrows; disturbance, disquiet; uproar, tumult; rush, onrush, attack, violent attack), from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz (storm), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twerH- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around). Cognate with Scots storm (storm), West Frisian stoarm (storm), Dutch storm (storm), Low German storm (storm), German Sturm (storm), Danish storm (storm), Swedish storm (storm), Norwegian Bokmål storm (storm), Norwegian Nynorsk storm (storm), Icelandic stormur (storm). Related to stir.

Noun

storm (plural storms)

  1. Any disturbed state of the atmosphere, especially as affecting the earth's surface, and strongly implying destructive or unpleasant weather.
    The boat was torn to pieces in the storm, and nobody survived.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      We hear this fearful tempest sing, / Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm.
    • 2012 January 1, Donald Worster, “A Drier and Hotter Future”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 70:
      Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.
  2. (Australia) A thunderstorm.
  3. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; violent outbreak.
    The proposed reforms have led to a political storm.
  4. (meteorology) a wind scale for very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane (10 or higher on the Beaufort scale).
  5. (military) A violent assault on a stronghold or fortified position.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English stormen, sturmen, from Old English styrman (to storm, rage; make a great noise, cry aloud, shout), from Proto-Germanic *sturmijaną (to storm). Cognate with Dutch stormen (to storm; bluster), Low German stormen (to storm), German stürmen (to storm; rage; attack; assault), Swedish storma (to storm; bluster), Icelandic storma (to storm).

Verb

storm (third-person singular simple present storms, present participle storming, simple past and past participle stormed)

  1. (impersonal) (weather it) be violent, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.
    It stormed throughout the night.
  2. (intransitive) (figuratively) rage or fume; be in a violent temper.
  3. (intransitive, with adverbial of direction) move quickly and noisily like a storm, usually in a state of uproar or anger.
    She stormed out of the room.
  4. (transitive) [army; crowd, rioters] assault (a significant building) with the aim to gain power over it.
    Troops stormed the complex.
    the storming of the Bastille
  5. (transitive) (rare, poetic) to assault, gain power over (heart, mind+).
    • 1750, Thomas Morell (lyrics), George Frideric Handel (music), “'Theodora'”‎[2]:
      No engine can a tyrant find, to storm the truth-supported mind.
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Afrikaans storm definition

Etymology

From Dutch storm.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /stɔrm/, [stɔɾm], [ˈstɔɾəm]
  • The plural is almost always disyllabic.

Noun

storm (plural storms)

  1. storm

Danish storm definition

Etymology

From Old Norse stormr (storm), from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around).

Noun

storm c (singular definite stormen, plural indefinite storme)

  1. storm

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Verb

storm

  1. imperative of storme

Dutch storm definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch storm, from Old Dutch *storm, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz.

Noun

storm m (plural stormen, diminutive stormpje n)

  1. storm; a wind scale for very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane.
  2. (of sieges or battles) assault, storming
    Synonym: bestorming

Usage notes

Unlike English storm, the Dutch word is not associated with rainfall. A storm may, of course, be accompanied by rainfall, but the word as such refers only to strong winds.

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Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

storm

  1. first-person singular present indicative of stormen
  2. imperative of stormen

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Icelandic storm definition

Noun

storm

  1. indefinite accusative singular of stormur

Middle Dutch storm definition

Etymology

From Old Dutch *storm, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz.

Noun

storm m

  1. storm, violent weather
  2. storm, heavy wind
  3. storm, assault

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Descendants

  • Dutch: storm
  • Limburgish: stórm

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Middle English storm definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

Inherited from Old English storm, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz.

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Noun

storm (plural stormes)

  1. A storm; an instance of intense wind and precipitation (including a snowstorm)
  2. An armed dispute, brawl or fight; an instance of combativeness.
  3. (rare) Any intense event, happening, or force.

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Norwegian Bokmål storm definition

Etymology 1

From Old Norse stormr, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around).

Noun

storm m (definite singular stormen, indefinite plural stormer, definite plural stormene)

  1. a storm
    En kraftig storm er venta seinere i dag.
    A strong storm is expected to hit later today.
    en storm i et vannglass - a storm in a teacup (British)
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Etymology 2

Verb

storm

  1. imperative of storme

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Norwegian Nynorsk storm definition

Etymology

From Old Norse stormr, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around). Akin to English storm.

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Noun

storm m (definite singular stormen, indefinite plural stormar, definite plural stormane)

  1. storm (a very strong wind, stronger than a gale, less than a hurricane)
    Ein kraftig storm er venta seinare i dag.
    A strong storm is expected to hit later today.

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Old English storm definition

Alternative forms

  • stearm

Etymology

From Proto-West Germanic *sturm, whence also Old Saxon storm, Old High German sturm, Old Norse stormr.

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Noun

storm m

  1. storm

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Swedish storm definition

Etymology

From Old Swedish stormber, from Old Norse stormr, from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)twer-, *(s)tur- (to rotate, swirl, twirl, move around).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /stɔrm/
  • (file)

Noun

storm c

  1. storm; heavy winds or weather associated with storm winds.

Declension

Declension of storm 
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Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative storm stormen stormar stormarna
Genitive storms stormens stormars stormarnas

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