- 1 very bad weather with strong winds and rain, and often thunder and lightning fierce/heavy/violent storms A few minutes later the storm broke (= began). I think we're in for a storm (= going to have one). storm damage Vocabulary BuildingRain and stormsRain Drizzle is fine light rain. A shower is a short period of rain. A downpour or a cloudburst is a heavy fall of rain that often starts suddenly. When it is raining very hard you can say that it is pouring. In informal British English you can also say that it is bucketing down or chucking it down. You can also say: The heavens opened.Storms A cyclone and a typhoon are types of violent tropical storms with very strong winds. A hurricane has very strong winds and is usually at sea. A monsoon is a period of very heavy rain in particular countries, or the wind that brings this rain. A squall is a sudden strong, violent wind, usually in a rain or snow storm. A tornado (or informal twister) has very strong winds which move in a circle, often with a long narrow cloud. A whirlwind moves very fast in a spinning movement and causes a lot of damage. A blizzard is a snow storm with very strong winds. Tempest is used mainly in literary language to describe a violent storm. CollocationsThe weatherGood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm/sea breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody’s feet/bootsBad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane (North American English) pour (down)/ (British English) pour (down) with rain get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds (British English) be blowing a gale battle against/brave the elementsThe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clears See related entries: Rain, Natural disasters, Wind
- 2(in compounds) very bad weather of the type mentioned a thunderstorm/snowstorm/sandstorm see also electrical storm, rainstorm
- 3 storm (of something) a situation in which a lot of people suddenly express very strong feelings about something a storm of protest A political storm is brewing over the Prime Minister's comments.
- 4storm of something a sudden loud noise that is caused by emotion or excitement synonym roar a storm of applause see also brainstorm Word Origin Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch storm and German Sturm, probably also to the verb stir. The verb dates from late Middle English.Extra examples A storm blew in off the ocean. A storm blew up between Britain and America over Venezuela. A storm had been brewing all day. His comments created a storm of protest in the media. I think we’re in for a storm. I took shelter from the storm in the clubhouse. In 1939 the storm clouds gathered over Europe. Insurance companies face hefty payouts for storm damage. It was the worst storm to hit London this century. She had to brave an ice storm to get to the interview. The [political storm had blown over at last. The band toured Ireland amid a storm of controversy. The company was hit by a perfect storm of negative conditions that converged on it. The east coast of Florida bore the brunt of the storm. The government is determined to ride out the political storm caused by its new immigration policy. The storm blew over after a couple of hours. The storm broke while we were on the mountain. The storm lasted for three days. The storm raged all night. We tried to find a safe place to wait out the storm. We’ll be tracking the storm as it makes its way across the Gulf. We’re forecasting 14 to 16 feet of storm surge. Where were you when the storm struck? Winter storms swept the coasts. a boat battered by the storm a gathering storm of discontent a tropical storm warning the dark clouds of an approaching storm A few minutes later the storm broke. Does the insurance policy provide for storm damage? Rail services were suspended as fierce storms lashed the country. a dust storm an electrical stormIdioms (saying) if you are in great trouble, you take any help that is offered a calm time immediately before an expected period of violent activity or argument
- 1to be extremely successful very quickly in a particular place or among particular people The play took London by storm.
- 2to attack a place suddenly and capture it
a lot of anger or worry about something that is not important