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A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low-pressure center surrounded by a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rain.

hurricane n : a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)

56 Moby Thesaurus words for "hurricane": black squall, blaze, blizzard, blow, burst, convulsion, cyclone, dirty weather, equinoctial, eruption, explosion, fit, flare-up, foul weather, gale, gust, half a gale, heavy blow, ill wind, irruption, line squall, line storm, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, rainstorm, rough weather, seizure, snowstorm, spasm, squall, squall line, storm, storm wind, stormy weather, stormy winds, strong wind, tempest, tempestuous rage, tempestuous wind, thick squall, thundersquall, thunderstorm, tornado, tropical cyclone, twister, typhoon, ugly wind, upheaval, violent blow, whirlwind, white squall, whole gale, williwaw, wind-shift line, windstorm

Hurricane \Hur"ri*cane\, n. [Sp. hurracan; orig. a Carib word signifying, a high wind.] A violent storm, characterized by extreme fury and sudden changes of the wind, and generally accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning; -- especially prevalent in the East and West Indies. Also used figuratively. [1913 Webster] Like the smoke in a hurricane whirl'd. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Each guilty thought to me is A dreadful hurricane. --Massinger. [1913 Webster] {Hurricane bird} (Zo["o]l.), the frigate bird. {Hurricane deck}. (Naut.) See under {Deck}. [1913 Webster]

Hurricane, UT (city, FIPS 37170) Location: 37.15990 N, 113.33919 W Population (1990): 3915 (1325 housing units) Area: 57.2 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 84737 Hurricane, WV (city, FIPS 39532) Location: 38.43681 N, 82.01694 W Population (1990): 4461 (1831 housing units) Area: 6.4 sq km (land), 0.1 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 25526

HURRICANE, n. An atmospheric demonstration once very common but now generally abandoned for the tornado and cyclone. The hurricane is still in popular use in the West Indies and is preferred by certain old-fashioned sea-captains. It is also used in the construction of the upper decks of steamboats, but generally speaking, the hurricane's usefulness has outlasted it.


A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.

tornado n 1: a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground [syn: {twister}] 2: a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted [syn: {crack}] [also: {tornadoes} (pl)]

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "tornado": baguio, blaze, burst, convulsion, cyclone, dirty weather, dust devil, eruption, explosion, fit, flare-up, foul weather, gale, gust, hurricane, irruption, line squall, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, rainspout, rainstorm, rotary storm, rough weather, sand column, sandspout, seizure, snowstorm, spasm, squall, storm, stormy weather, tempest, tempestuous rage, thunderstorm, twister, typhoon, upheaval, waterspout, whirlblast, whirlwind, wind eddy, windstorm

Tornado \Tor*na"do\, n.; pl. {Tornadoes}. [From Sp. or Pg. tornar to turn, return, L. tornare to turn, hence, a whirling wind. The Sp. & Pg. tornada is a return. See {Turn}.] A violent whirling wind; specifically (Meteorol.), a tempest distinguished by a rapid whirling and slow progressive motion, usually accompaned with severe thunder, lightning, and torrents of rain, and commonly of short duration and small breadth; a small cyclone. [1913 Webster]

Tornado, WV (CDP, FIPS 80764) Location: 38.33285 N, 81.85568 W Population (1990): 1006 (355 housing units) Area: 9.3 sq km (land), 0.2 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 25202

Tornado The {software development environment} previously distributed with {VxWorks}. (1996-11-29)

Data Sources:

  • hurricane: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • hurricane: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • hurricane: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • hurricane: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • hurricane: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • tornado: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • tornado: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • tornado: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • tornado: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • tornado: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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