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



BrE BrE//ˈhʌrɪkən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrəkən//
, NAmE//ˈhɜːrəkeɪn//
Natural disasters, Wind
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a violent storm with very strong winds, especially in the western Atlantic Ocean hurricane-force winds Hurricane Betty is now approaching the coast of Florida. 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 compare cyclone, typhoon See related entries: Natural disasters, Wind Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Spanish huracán, probably from Taino hurakán ‘god of the storm’.Extra examples The fields were devastated by the hurricane. The hurricane blew ashore near San Fernando. The hurricane took several days to blow itself out. The roof blew off in a hurricane. We had been warned there was a hurricane coming. Hurricane Rita is now approaching the coast of Florida.
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