Definition of tornado noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tornado

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//tɔːˈneɪdəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrˈneɪdoʊ//
 
(pl. tornadoes, tornados) Natural disasters, Wind, Sky
 
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a violent storm with very strong winds which move in a circle. There is often also a long cloud which is narrower at the bottom than the top. Tornadoes ripped into the southern United States yesterday. She burst in to the room like a tornado. Wordfinderavalanche, cyclone, disaster, earthquake, eruption, flood, hurricane, landslide, tornado, tsunami Wordfinderbreeze, buffet, calm, force, gale, gust, hurricane, prevailing, tornado, wind 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: Natural disasters, Wind, Sky Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a violent thunderstorm of the tropical Atlantic Ocean): perhaps an alteration of Spanish tronada ‘thunderstorm’ (from tronar ‘to thunder’) by association with Spanish tornar ‘to turn’.Extra examples A powerful tornado touched down in Evansville, Indiana. McMullen County is expecting a possible tornado. The building was badly damaged in a tornado. The group meets every spring to chase tornadoes. The town was hit by a tornado last night. There are tornado watches in effect all across eastern Alabama. Tropical storm Bonnie spawned tornadoes in North Carolina. We had a tornado warning earlier in the evening. The tornado picked up their mobile home and dumped it on the other side of the field. The tornado touched down north-west of Hobbs, New Mexico, damaging a barn and trailer home.

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