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storm

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Storm \Storm\, noun [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.

{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.

{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}. (Zool.) 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Storm \Storm\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Storm \Storm\, verb (used without an object) [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

storm

noun

1: a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning [syn: {storm}, {violent storm}]

2: a violent commotion or disturbance; "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot" [syn: {storm}, {tempest}]

3: a direct and violent assault on a stronghold

verb

1: behave violently, as if in state of a great anger [syn: {ramp}, {rage}, {storm}]

2: take by force; "Storm the fort" [syn: {storm}, {force}]

3: rain, hail, or snow hard and be very windy, often with thunder or lightning; "If it storms, we'll need shelter"

4: blow hard; "It was storming all night"

5: attack by storm; attack suddenly [syn: {storm}, {surprise}]

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