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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tempest  \Tem"pest\,  v.  t.  [Cf.  OF  tempester  F.  temp[^e]ter  to 
  To  disturb  as  by  a  tempest.  [Obs.] 
  Part  huge  of  bulk  Wallowing  unwieldy,  enormous  in  their 
  gait,  Tempest  the  ocean.  --Milton. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tempest  \Tem"pest\,  v.  i. 
  To  storm.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tempest  \Tem"pest\,  n.  [OF.  tempeste,  F.  temp[^e]te,  (assumed) 
  LL  tempesta,  fr  L.  tempestas  a  portion  of  time,  a  season, 
  weather,  storm,  akin  to  tempus  time.  See  {Temporal}  of  time.] 
  1.  An  extensive  current  of  wind,  rushing  with  great  velocity 
  and  violence,  and  commonly  attended  with  rain,  hail,  or 
  snow;  a  furious  storm. 
  [We]  caught  in  a  fiery  tempest,  shall  be  hurled, 
  Each  on  his  rock  transfixed.  --Milton. 
  2.  Fig.:  Any  violent  tumult  or  commotion;  as  a  political 
  tempest;  a  tempest  of  war,  or  of  the  passions. 
  3.  A  fashionable  assembly;  a  drum.  See  the  Note  under  {Drum}, 
  n.,  4.  [Archaic]  --Smollett. 
  Note:  Tempest  is  sometimes  used  in  the  formation  of 
  self-explaining  compounds;  as  tempest-beaten, 
  tempest-loving,  tempest-tossed,  tempest-winged,  and  the 
  Syn:  Storm;  agitation;  perturbation.  See  {Storm}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  violent  commotion  or  disturbance;  "the  storms  that  had 
  characterized  their  relationship  had  died  away";  "it  was 
  only  a  tempest  in  a  teapot"  [syn:  {storm}] 
  2:  (literary)  a  violent  wind;  "a  tempest  swept  over  the  island" 

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