Storm

Definition of Storm

n.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.
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 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.
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.
v. t.1.(Mil.) To assault; to attack, and attempt to take, by scaling walls, forcing gates, breaches, or the like; as, to storm a fortified town.
[imp. & p. p. Stormed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Storming.]
v. i.1.To raise a tempest.
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.

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