storm ( storms plural & 3rd person present) ( storming present participle) ( stormed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A storm is very bad weather, with heavy rain, strong winds, and often thunder and lightning.
...the violent storms which whipped America's East Coast.
2 n-count If something causes a storm, it causes an angry or excited reaction from a large number of people.
oft N of n
The photos caused a storm when they were first published..., ...the storm of publicity that Richard's book had generated.
3 n-count A stormof applause or other noise is a sudden loud amount of it made by an audience or other group of people in reaction to something.
usu sing, usu N of n
His speech was greeted with a storm of applause...
4 verb If you storminto or out of a place, you enter or leave it quickly and noisily, because you are angry.
He stormed into an office, demanding to know where the head of department was. V adv/prep
5 verb If a place that is being defended is stormed, a group of people attack it, usually in order to get inside it.
Government buildings have been stormed and looted... be V-ed
The refugees decided to storm the embassy. V n
storming n-uncount N of n
...the storming of the Bastille.
7 If someone or something takes a place by storm, they are extremely successful.
take sth by storm phrase V inflects
Kenya's long distance runners have taken the athletics world by storm.
8 If someone weathers the storm, they succeed in reaching the end of a very difficult period without much harm or damage.
weather the storm phrase V and N inflect
He insists he will not resign and will weather the storm.
a storm in a teacup →
dust storm ( dust storms plural ) A dust storm is a storm in which strong winds carry a lot of dust. n-count
storm cloud ( storm clouds plural ) , stormcloud
1 n-count Storm clouds are the dark clouds which are seen before a storm.
2 n-count You can use storm clouds to refer to a sign that something very unpleasant is going to happen.
FORMAL usu pl
Over the past three weeks, the storm clouds have gathered again over the government.
storm trooper ( storm troopers plural ) , stormtrooper Storm troopers were members of a private Nazi army who were well-known for being violent. n-count