1a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.
(also storm system) an intense low-pressure weather system; a cyclone.
a wind of force 10 on the Beaufort scale (48-55 knots or 55-63 mph).
a heavy discharge of missiles or blows:two men were taken by a storm of bullets
2 [usually in singular] a tumultuous reaction; an uproar or controversy:the book caused a storm in South Americashe has been at the center of a storm concerning payments
a violent or noisy outburst of a specified feeling or reaction:the disclosure raised a storm of protest
3 (storms) North American storm windows.
4a direct assault by troops on a fortified place.
1 [no object] move angrily or forcefully in a specified direction:she burst into tears and stormed offhe stormed out of the house
[with direct speech] shout (something) angrily; rage:“Don’t patronize me!” she stormed
move forcefully and decisively to a specified position in a game or contest:he barged past and stormed to the checkered flag
2 [with object] (of troops) suddenly attack and capture (a building or other place) by means of force:Indian commandos stormed a hijacked plane early today (as noun storming)the storming of the Bastille
3 [no object] (of the weather) be violent, with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow:when it stormed in the day, I shoveled the drive before Harry came home
go down a storm
British be enthusiastically received by an audience.
the calm (or lull) before the storm
a period of unusual tranquility or stability that seems likely to presage difficult times.