Black-necked stork, the East Indian jabiru. Hair-crested stork, the smaller adjutant of India
Giant stork, the adjutant. Marabou stork. See Marabou. Saddle-billed stork, the African
jabiru. See Jabiru. Stork's bill (Bot.), any plant of the genus Pelargonium; so called in allusion
to the beaklike prolongation of the axis of the receptacle of its flower. See Pelargonium.
(Stork"-billed`) a. Having a bill like that of the stork.
(Storm) n. [AS. storm; akin to D. storm, G. sturm, Icel. stormr; and perhaps to Gr. assault,
onset, Skr. s to flow, to hasten, or perhaps to L. sternere to strew, prostrate (cf. Stratum). &radic166.]
1. A violent disturbance of the atmosphere, attended by wind, rain, snow, hail, or thunder and lightning; hence,
often, a heavy fall of rain, snow, or hail, whether accompanied with wind or not.
We hear this fearful tempest sing,Shak.
Yet seek no shelter to avoid the storm.
2. A violent agitation of human society; a civil, political, or domestic commotion; sedition, insurrection, or
war; violent outbreak; clamor; tumult.
I will stir up in England some black storm.Shak.
Began to scold and raise up such a storm.
3. A heavy shower or fall, any adverse outburst of tumultuous force; violence.
A brave man struggling in the storms of fate.Pope.
4. (Mil.) A violent assault on a fortified place; a furious attempt of troops to enter and take a fortified
place by scaling the walls, forcing the gates, or the like.
Storm is often used in the formation of self- explained compounds; as, storm-presaging, stormproof,
storm-tossed, and the like.
Magnetic storm. See under Magnetic. Storm-and-stress period [a translation of G. sturm und
drang periode], a designation given to the literary agitation and revolutionary development in Germany
under the lead of Goethe and Schiller in the latter part of the 18th century. Storm center (Meteorol.),
the center of the area covered by a storm, especially by a storm of large extent. Storm
door (Arch.), an extra outside door to prevent the entrance of wind, cold, rain, etc.; usually removed
in summer. Storm path (Meteorol.), the course over which a storm, or storm center, travels.
Storm petrel. (Zoöl.) See Stormy petrel, under Petrel. Storm sail (Naut.), any one of a number
of strong, heavy sails that are bent and set in stormy weather. Storm scud. See the Note under
Syn. Tempest; violence; agitation; calamity. Storm, Tempest. Storm is violent agitation, a commotion
of the elements by wind, etc., but not necessarily implying the fall of anything from the clouds. Hence,
to call a mere fall or rain without wind a storm is a departure from the true sense of the word. A tempest
is a sudden and violent storm, such as those common on the coast of Italy, where the term originated,
and is usually attended by a heavy rain, with lightning and thunder.
Storms beat, and rolls the main;Pope.
O! beat those storms, and roll the seas, in vain.
What at first was called a gust, the sameDonne.
Hath now a storm's, anon a tempest's name.
(Storm) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stormed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Storming.] (Mil.) To assault; to attack,
and attempt to take, by scaling walls, forcing gates, breaches, or the like; as, to storm a fortified town.
(Storm), v. i. [Cf. AS. styrman.]