General English

General Science

  • noun a period of violent weather, with wind and rain or snow


  • noun a violent weather disturbance with high winds and rain or snow


  • In communications, a condition in which an excess of simultaneous traffic overloads a network. An example is a broadcast storm.


  • noun violent weather, consisting of high wind and rain, snow or hail
  • verb to assault and capture a position or place

Origin & History of “storm”

Etymologically, a storm is probably a ‘violent disturbance or agitation’; its meteorological connotations appear to be a secondary development. The word comes from a prehistoric Germanic *sturmaz (source also of German sturm and Dutch, Swedish, and Danish storm). this was probably formed from the base *stur- ‘disturbance, agitation’, which also lies behind English stir.