What does tornado mean?

Definitions for tornado
tɔrˈneɪ doʊtor·na·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tornado, twisternoun

    a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

  2. crack, crack cocaine, tornadonoun

    a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; highly addictive


  1. tornadonoun

    A rolled pork roast.

    Etymology: From Spanish tronada (thunderstorm), from tronar (to thunder), from Latin tonare (to thunder), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tene- (to thunder). The 'o' and 'r' were reversed in English (metathesis) under influence of Spanish tornar (to twist, to turn), from Latin tornare (to turn).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tornadonoun

    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


  1. Tornado

    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. They are often referred to as twisters or cyclones, although the word cyclone is used in meteorology, in a wider sense, to name any closed low pressure circulation. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but they are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour, are about 250 feet across, and travel a few miles before dissipating. The most extreme tornadoes can attain wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour, stretch more than two miles across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles. Various types of tornadoes include the landspout, multiple vortex tornado, and waterspout. Waterspouts are characterized by a spiraling funnel-shaped wind current, connecting to a large cumulus or cumulonimbus cloud. They are generally classified as non-supercellular tornadoes that develop over bodies of water, but there is disagreement over whether to classify them as true tornadoes. These spiraling columns of air frequently develop in tropical areas close to the equator, and are less common at high latitudes. Other tornado-like phenomena that exist in nature include the gustnado, dust devil, fire whirls, and steam devil.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tornado

    tor-nā′dō, n. a violent hurricane, frequent in tropical countries:—pl. Tornā′does.—adj. Tornad′ic. [Sp., tornadatornar—L. tornāre.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. tornado

    A peculiar squall, accompanied with rain and lightning, similar in suddenness to the white squall of the West Indies, and experienced off the equatorial region of the west coast of Africa between December and June. It appears first as a small black spot in the east, and barely affords time to put the ship before the wind and clue up all. The wind veers round the compass, and lasts a very short time.

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Anagrams for tornado »

  1. Donator

  2. Odorant

  3. Tandoor

How to pronounce tornado?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tornado in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tornado in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tornado in a Sentence

  1. Manatee County spokesman Nick Azzara:

    That is believed to be where the tornado touched down and lifted a trailer. That's where the family was where the fatalities are.

  2. Janice Dean:

    After a tornado is over, stay indoors until it is safe to come out. Check for injured or trapped people without putting yourself in danger.

  3. Mayor Matt White:

    We're looking at basically under 15, under 16 trailers were the ones involved in the tornado.

  4. John Lavin:

    The main threats will be damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding, an isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out either.

  5. Kathy Carson:

    People are not going to sit in that thing for six hours during a (tornado) watch, and by the time a warning is out, its too late, i think the answer is in-home shelters.

Images & Illustrations of tornado

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