What does tempest mean?

Definitions for tempest
ˈtɛm pɪsttem·pest

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. storm, tempestnoun

    a violent commotion or disturbance

    "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot"

  2. tempestnoun

    (literary) a violent wind

    "a tempest swept over the island"


  1. tempestnoun

    A storm, especially one with severe winds.

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

  2. tempestnoun

    Any violent tumult or commotion.

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

  3. tempestverb

    To storm.

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

  4. tempestverb

    To disturb, as by a tempest.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tempestnoun

    an extensive current of wind, rushing with great velocity and violence, and commonly attended with rain, hail, or snow; a furious storm

  2. Tempestnoun

    fig.: Any violent tumult or commotion; as, a political tempest; a tempest of war, or of the passions

  3. Tempestnoun

    a fashionable assembly; a drum. See the Note under Drum, n., 4

  4. Tempestverb

    to disturb as by a tempest

  5. Tempestverb

    to storm


  1. Tempest

    Tempest is a codename referring to investigations and studies of compromising emanations. Compromising emanations are defined as unintentional intelligence-bearing signals which, if intercepted and analyzed, may disclose the information transmitted, received, handled, or otherwise processed by any information-processing equipment. Compromising emanations consist of electrical, mechanical, or acoustical energy intentionally or by mishap unintentionally emitted by any number of sources within equipment/systems which process national security information. This energy may relate to the original pre- or non-encrypted message, or information being processed, in such a way that it can lead to recovery of the plaintext. Laboratory and field tests have established that such CE can be propagated through space and along nearby conductors. The interception/propagation ranges and analysis of such emanations are affected by a variety of factors, e.g., the functional design of the information processing equipment; system/equipment installation; and, environmental conditions related to physical security and ambient noise. The term "compromising emanations" rather than "radiation" is used because the compromising signals can, and do, exist in several forms such as magnetic- and/or electric field radiation, line conduction, or acoustic emissions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tempest

    tem′pest, n. wind rushing with great velocity, usually with rain or snow: a violent storm: any violent commotion.—adjs. Tem′pest-beat′en; Tem′pest-tost (Shak.), driven about by storms; Tempes′tūous, resembling, or pertaining to, a tempest: very stormy: turbulent.—adv. Tempes′tūously.—n. Tempes′tūousness.—Tempest in a tea-pot, a great disturbance over a trivial matter. [O. Fr. tempeste—L. tempestas, a season, tempest—tempus, time.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. tempest

    An unclassified term referring to technical investigations for compromising emanations from electrically operated information processing equipment; these

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tempest

    A word not much used by seamen. It is, however, synonymous with storm, gales, &c. (See STORMS.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempest in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tempest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tempest in a Sentence

  1. Bill Barr:

    This was a normal application of the law. The law is clear. It is done frequently. And the little tempest that's going on is largely because of the bizarre political environment in which we live.

  2. Douglas Hengel:

    I think it's a tempest in a teacup kind of issue, i don't think the member states will want to change.

  3. Kenneth Gross:

    I don't remember seeing this, but it sounds like a tempest in a teapot because all of the activity was disclosed.

  4. Trieu Thi Trinh:

    My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself...

  5. Alan Patricof:

    I don't perceive any concern among the donor community who recognize that this is just one of many issues that gets blown out of proportion when it relates to a Clinton, this will all pass when it is realized it is just a tempest in a teapot.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. defiant
    • B. extroversive
    • C. indiscernible
    • D. aculeate

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