storm Definition

  • 1a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds, usually accompanied by rain, thunder, lightning, or snow
  • 2a tumultuous reaction; an uproar or controversy

Using storm: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "storm" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm caused widespread damage to the city.

  • Example

    The ship was lost in the storm.

  • Example

    There was a political storm over the new tax proposal.

  • Example

    The company faced a storm of criticism after the data breach.

storm Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for storm

Idioms Using storm

  • to survive a difficult situation


    Despite the challenges, we were able to weather the storm and come out stronger on the other side.

  • steal someone's thunder

    to take credit for someone else's idea or achievement


    I was going to announce my new project at the meeting, but my colleague stole my thunder by presenting a similar idea first.

  • a peaceful period before a period of upheaval or chaos


    The office was quiet before the big project deadline, but everyone knew it was just the calm before the storm.

Phrases with storm

  • to endure a difficult or turbulent period without giving up or being defeated


    We just need to ride out the storm and wait for things to get better.

  • a rare combination of circumstances that aggravate a situation drastically


    The pandemic created a perfect storm of economic and social problems.

  • a situation where many people express their strong disagreement or disapproval about something


    The decision to close the local library was met with a storm of protest from the community.

Origins of storm

from Old English 'storm', meaning 'noise, tumult'


Summary: storm in Brief

The term 'storm' [stɔːm] refers to a violent atmospheric disturbance, often accompanied by rain, thunder, lightning, or snow. It can also denote a tumultuous reaction, such as 'There was a political storm over the new tax proposal.' 'Storm' extends into phrases like 'ride out the storm,' and idioms like 'weather the storm,' denoting survival through difficult times, and 'calm before the storm,' implying a peaceful period before chaos.

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