/stɔm / (say stawm)

1. a disturbance of the normal condition of the atmosphere, manifesting itself by winds of unusual force or direction, often accompanied by rain, snow, hail, thunder and lightning, or flying sand or dust.
2. a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, or a violent outbreak of thunder and lightning, unaccompanied by strong wind.
3. Meteorology a wind of Beaufort scale force 11, i.e., one with average wind speed of 56 to 63 knots, or 103 to 116 km/h.
4. a violent assault on a fortified place, strong position, or the like.
5. a heavy descent or discharge of missiles, blows, or the like.
6. a violent disturbance of affairs, as a civil, political, social, or domestic commotion.
7. a vigorous outburst or outbreak: a storm of applause.
verb (i)
8. (used impersonally) to blow with unusual force, or to rain, snow, hail, etc., especially with violence: it stormed all day.
9. to rage or complain with violence or fury.
10. to deliver a violent attack or fire, as with artillery.
11. to rush to an assault or attack.
12. to rush with angry violence: to storm into the room.
13. to proceed with vigour, brushing opposition aside: the country team stormed to victory.
verb (t)
14. to subject to or as to a storm.
15. to utter or say with angry vehemence.
16. to assault (a fortified place).
17. cook up a storm,
a. to engage in activities which will lead to a confrontation or quarrel.
b. to cook a large amount of food, especially with enthusiasm.
18. storm in a teacup, a great deal of fuss arising out of a very unimportant matter. {Phrase Origin: dates from 19th-century British English, although the idea behind the metaphor has a longer history. Cicero used the expression Excitabat fluctus in simpulo which translates from the Latin as `whip up waves in a ladle'. Later variations on the theme include `a storm in a cream bowl', attributed to the Duke of Ormond, 1678, and `a storm in a wash-hand basin', attributed to Lord Thurlow, 1830.}
19. storm out, to leave abruptly with angry violence.
20. take by storm,
a. to take by military assault.
b. to captivate and overwhelm completely.
21. … up a storm, (an expression indicating that a specified activity is performed with great intensity): dance up a storm; laugh up a storm.
{Middle English and Old English}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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