- 1A violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.More example sentences
tempest, squall; gale, hurricane, tornado, cyclone, typhoon, superstorm; thunderstorm, cloudburst, downpour, rainstorm, hailstorm, deluge, monsoon, tropical storm, electrical storm; snowstorm, blizzard; dust storm, dust devil; North American williwaw, ice storm, windstorm; in central Asia buran
- These kinds of storms can produce rain, hail snow, thunder and lightning.
- Hampshire was battered by high-speed winds and heavy rain yesterday as violent storms hit the county.
- The storms also brought strong winds and frequent lightning, we are told.
- 1.1 (also storm system) An intense low-pressure weather system; a cyclone.More example sentences
- The whole storm system may be up to 10 miles high and on average 500 miles wide.
- The storm system is still causing flash floods along the Atlantic coast.
- A storm system late last week brought welcome precipitation and limited relief to north central and northeast Nebraska, often with 2-4 inches of rain.
- 1.2A wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale (48-55 knots or 88-102 km/h).More example sentences
- Elsewhere in the county, fire crews had a relatively quiet weekend despite the storm force winds.
- As the storm force winds abated late on Thursday evening conditions did improve in most areas.
- In the early part of the month the Co. Down coast was battered by one of the worst storms for a number of years with easterly winds gusting up to severe storm force 11.
- 1.3A heavy discharge of missiles or blows: two men were taken by a storm of bulletsMore example sentences
- The referee halted the fight in the final round after a storm of blows followed a standing eight count early in the early seconds of the round.
- I saw Wyatt pummeling Adrian under a storm of blows and I began to understand why I had not found a calling card from Ace.
- Sighing, she jumped on top of the rock and was immediately blown backwards by a storm of fire.
- 2A tumultuous reaction; an uproar or controversy: the book caused a storm in America the manager is at the centre of a drugs storm in GermanyMore example sentences
- This was my first exposure to the raging storm of the creation-day controversy.
- However, a new poll suggests that the 39-year-old's public appeal has not been affected by the storm over drugs.
- Closer to home, the Irish Times, once the stately ship of Irish journalism, continues to be battered by storms and controversy.
- 2.1A vehement outburst of a specified feeling or reaction: the disclosure raised a storm of protestMore example sentences
- When Dylan himself decided to make the transition from folk hero to electric messiah, he found himself at the centre of a storm of protest.
- After a storm of protest, the conservation group agreed to talk to animal welfare groups to see if there was a way to save both hedgehogs and birds.
- The proposals for extra drinking time were met with a storm of protest from neighbours who said it would fuel late-night noise.
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- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move angrily or forcefully in a specified direction: she burst into tears and stormed off he stormed out of the houseMore example sentences
- They promptly blamed each other for driving him away, and stormed off in opposite directions in the vain hope of finding their way back to the palace.
- At last, Cora and Arlan broke away and stormed off in opposite directions.
- He then turned on his heel and stormed off in the direction of the cucumber sandwiches.
- 1.2Move forcefully and decisively to a specified position in a game or contest: Chester stormed back with two goals in five minutesMore example sentences
- His club colleague James Callery, now operating at centre-forward, came storming into the game in the final 10 minutes.
- Biarritz dominated for over an hour but came agonisingly close to throwing it away after Ulster stormed back into the game.
- Connelly was again on target to complete his hat-trick and put Forres in a winning position but Nairn stormed back with goals from Gary Farquhar and a winner from Kellacher.
- 2 [with object] (Of troops) suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force: commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today (as noun storming) the storming of the BastilleMore example sentences
- The siege finally ended the following day when troops stormed the building.
- When troops stormed the building, 129 hostages and 41 guerrillas were killed.
- With the help of military deserters, they stormed the prison and forced its surrender, massacring the commander who had fired on them early in the attack.
- 3 [no object] (it storms, it is storming, etc.) (Of the weather) be violent, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.More example sentences
- It was practically dark as we prepared to put the sign onto the posts when a strong wind stormed through bringing an icy rain and hail with it.
- He often provided a roof over my head when it stormed or the snow was deep outside.
- That night it stormed again and in the morning they set out through the driving rain, though the thunder and lightning had stopped.
go down a storm
- Be enthusiastically received by an audience: the film went down a storm at CannesMore example sentences
- Amazingly, the film went down a storm among critics who had the chance to catch up with it, in America.
- The film has already gone down a storm in America, where it became one of the best-reviewed movies of the year.
- The rain held off long enough, though, for a happy afternoon which went down a storm with the performers and audience alike.
the lull (or calm) before the storm
- A period of unusual tranquillity or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.More example sentences
- Moreover, I think opponents will look back at the current period as the lull before the storm because forces are at work that should actually boost the movement's progress considerably.
- I know that the worst is yet to come - this is merely the calm before the storm, so to speak, as January is usually the snowiest month here - so some effective indoor activity would be a good idea.
- Thanksgiving used to be the calm before the storm, the day to rest before the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season, a day usually spent at home with family and friends.
storm and stress
- another term for Sturm und Drang.
- British Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.More example sentences
- On the other hand, some of the ‘stories’ that have caused a great deal of excitement are no more than a storm in a teacup.
- It wasn't corruption, but it wasn't a storm in a teacup either.
- All this furore about same-sex marriages seems a storm in a teacup to me.
take something by storm
- (Of troops) capture a place by a sudden and violent attack.More example sentences
- Because Poole's force was not strong enough to take the town by storm, an anti-Bolshevik rising had to be organized in the town and co-ordinated with the landing.
- Things escalate when a SWAT team follow the police onto the scene and the macho head officer threatens to take the place by storm.
- Saladin's brother, al-Adil, took the city by storm and sold the entire population into slavery.
- Have great and rapid success in a particular place or with a particular group of people: his first collection took the fashion world by stormMore example sentences
- Just as Gregorian chants took the charts by storm in the 1990s, the producer of a new CD of Gaelic psalm singing is hoping to touch the public's heart.
- Fifty years ago, rock 'n' roll took the music world by storm.
- In 1937, they took the racetrack by storm, winning everywhere and lifting a quickly obsessed nation out of its doldrums.
—— up a storm
- chiefly North American Perform the specified action with great enthusiasm and energy: the band could really play up a stormMore example sentences
- Marshall didn't speak a word of Spanish before he arrived in Cuba; now he's talking up a storm.
- A couple at the table behind us was smoking up a storm and it kept drifting over me.
- The whole time, I was sweating up a storm, thinking that he'd still frisk me and find the stash in my jeans pocket.
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- People must learn to coexist with our coasts, live in practical areas, and, where feasible, build the necessary defenses to stormproof our society.
- More than two dozen police cars were moved into a stormproof building owned by a large building-supply store.
- There was clear glass behind him, reinforced stuff, shatterproof, stormproof, and beyond it was a creature.