Complete Definition of "tempest"

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English

Etymology
From OF. tempeste (French: tempête), from L. tempestas, storm, from tempus, time, weather

Noun
en-noun

  1. A storm, especially one with severe winds.

#*1847, w:Herman_Melville|Herman Melville, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, ch. 16,
#*:As every sailor knows, a spicy gale in the tropic latitudes of the Pacific is far different from a tempest in the howling North Atlantic.

  1. Any violent tumult or commotion.

#*1914, w:Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce, "One Officer, One Man,"
#*:They awaited the word "forward"âawaited, too, with beating hearts and set teeth the gusts of lead and iron that were to smite them at their first movement in obedience to that word. The word was not given; the tempest did not break out.

Related terms
tempest in a teapot
tempestuous

Translations
trans-top|storm
Finnish: myrsky, rajuilma
French: tempête f
trans-mid
German: Sturm m
Romanian: FurtunÄ m
trans-bottom

Verb
en-verb

  1. context|intransitive|rare To storm.
  2. context|transitive|chiefly|poetic To disturb, as by a tempest.

#*1811, w:Percy_Bysshe_Shelley|Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Drowned Lover," in Poems from St. Irvyne,
#*:Oh! dark lowered the clouds on that horrible eve,
#*:And the moon dimly gleamed through the tempested air.

References
R:Webster 1828
R:Webster 1913|tempest
R:Dictionary.com|tempest

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