Definitions for: Storm


[n] a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
[n] a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightening
[n] a violent commotion or disturbance; "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot"
[v] attack by storm; attack suddenly
[v] take by force; "Storm the fort"
[v] behave violently, as if in a great rage
[v] blow hard; "It was storming all night"
[v] rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning; "If it storms, we'll need shelter"



Webster (1913) Definition: Storm, n.

Anticyclonic storm (Meteor.), a storm characterized by a
central area of high atmospheric pressure, and having a
system of winds blowing spirally outward in a direction
contrary to that cyclonic storms. It is attended by low
temperature, dry air, infrequent precipitation, and often
by clear sky. Called also high-area storm,
anticyclone. When attended by high winds, snow, and
freezing temperatures such storms have various local
names, as blizzard, wet norther, purga, buran,
etc.

Cyclonic storm. (Meteor.) A cyclone, or low-area storm. See
Cyclone, above. Stovain Sto"va*in, n. Also -ine -ine
. [Stove (a translation of the name of the discoverer,
Fourneau + -in, -ine.] (Pharm.)
A substance, C14H22O2NCl, the hydrochloride of an amino
compound containing benzol, used, in solution with
strychnine, as a local an[ae]sthetic, esp. by injection into
the sheath of the spinal cord, producing an[ae]sthesia below
the point of introduction.


Storm, n. [AS. storm; akin to D. storm, G. sturm, Icel.
stormr; and perhaps to Gr. ? assault, onset, Skr. s? to flow,
to hasten, or perhaps to L. sternere to strew, prostrate (cf.
Stratum). [root]166.]
1. A violent disturbance of the atmosphere, attended by wind,
rain, snow, hail, or thunder and lightning; hence, often,
a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, whether accompanied
with wind or not.

We hear this fearful tempest sing, Yet seek no
shelter to avoid the storm. --Shak.

2. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political,
or domestic commotion; sedition, insurrection, or war;
violent outbreak; clamor; tumult.

I will stir up in England some black storm. --Shak.

Her sister Began to scold and raise up such a storm.
--Shak.

3. A heavy shower or fall, any adverse outburst of tumultuous
force; violence.

A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.
--Pope.

4. (Mil.) A violent assault on a fortified place; a furious
attempt of troops to enter and take a fortified place by
scaling the walls, forcing the gates, or the like.

Note: Storm is often used in the formation of self-explained
compounds; as, storm-presaging, stormproof,
storm-tossed, and the like.

Magnetic storm. See under Magnetic.

Storm-and-stress period [a translation of G. sturm und
drang periode], a designation given to the literary
agitation and revolutionary development in Germany under
the lead of Goethe and Schiller in the latter part of the
18th century.

Storm center (Meteorol.), the center of the area covered by
a storm, especially by a storm of large extent.

Storm door (Arch.), an extra outside door to prevent the
entrance of wind, cold, rain, etc.; -- usually removed in
summer.



Storm path (Meteorol.), the course over which a storm, or
storm center, travels.

Storm petrel. (Zo["o]l.) See Stormy petrel, under
Petrel.

Storm sail (Naut.), any one of a number of strong, heavy
sails that are bent and set in stormy weather.

Storm scud. See the Note under Cloud.

Syn: Tempest; violence; agitation; calamity.

Usage: Storm, Tempest. Storm is violent agitation, a
commotion of the elements by wind, etc., but not
necessarily implying the fall of anything from the
clouds. Hence, to call a mere fall or rain without
wind a storm is a departure from the true sense of the
word. A tempest is a sudden and violent storm, such as
those common on the coast of Italy, where the term
originated, and is usually attended by a heavy rain,
with lightning and thunder.

Storms beat, and rolls the main; O! beat those
storms, and roll the seas, in vain. --Pope.

What at first was called a gust, the same Hath
now a storm's, anon a tempest's name. --Donne.


Storm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stormed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Storming.] (Mil.)
To assault; to attack, and attempt to take, by scaling walls,
forcing gates, breaches, or the like; as, to storm a
fortified town.


Storm, v. i. [Cf. AS. styrman.]
1. To raise a tempest. --Spenser.

2. To blow with violence; also, to rain, hail, snow, or the
like, usually in a violent manner, or with high wind; --
used impersonally; as, it storms.

3. To rage; to be in a violent passion; to fume.

The master storms, the lady scolds. --Swift.

Synonyms: force, rage, ramp, surprise, tempest, violent storm

See Also: act, assail, assault, atmospheric phenomenon, attack, Beaufort scale, behave, blizzard, blow, commotion, disruption, disturbance, do, electric storm, electrical storm, firestorm, flutter, hailstorm, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, ice storm, kerfuffle, noreaster, northeaster, penetrate, perforate, rain, rain down, rainstorm, silver storm, snowstorm, stir, storm center, storm centre, thunderstorm, to-do, turmoil, wind scale, windstorm

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