a violent commotion or disturbance
"the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away"; "it was only a tempest in a teapot"
(literary) a violent wind
"a tempest swept over the island"
A storm, especially one with severe winds.
Any violent tumult or commotion.
To disturb, as by a tempest.
Origin: From tempeste (French: tempête), from tempestas, storm, from tempus, time, weather
an extensive current of wind, rushing with great velocity and violence, and commonly attended with rain, hail, or snow; a furious storm
fig.: Any violent tumult or commotion; as, a political tempest; a tempest of war, or of the passions
a fashionable assembly; a drum. See the Note under Drum, n., 4
to disturb as by a 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
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
An unclassified term referring to technical investigations for compromising emanations from electrically operated information processing equipment; these
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A word not much used by seamen. It is, however, synonymous with storm, gales, &c. (See STORMS.)
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The numerical value of tempest in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of tempest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of tempest in a Sentence
Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.
My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I will not resign myself...
I think it's a tempest in a teacup kind of issue, i don't think the member states will want to change.
I don't remember seeing this, but it sounds like a tempest in a teapot because all of the activity was disclosed.
Is it about volume, or is it about values? Is it about wild proclamations or is it about policy that leads us to moral high ground as Americans? Is it about tempest or is it about temperament?
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