typhoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n typhoon a tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Typhoon A violent whirlwind; specifically, a violent whirlwind occurring in the Chinese seas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n typhoon A violent hurricane occurring in the China seas and their environs, principally during the months of July, August, September, and October Typhoons are prolonged cyclonic storms of great intensity, and correspond in every respect to the West Indian hurricanes which occur in the same latitudes in the western hemisphere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Typhoon tī-fōōn′ a violent hurricane which occurs in the Chinese seas
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Earlier tuffoon, tuffon, Pg. tufão, Ar. tufān, a violent storm; probably fr. Gr. tyfw^n tyfw^s, a violent whirlwind, that rushes upward from the earth, whirling clouds of dust (cf. Typhus); or perhaps from Chin. t'ai-fung, a cyclonic wind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Port. tufão—Ar., Pers., Hind. tūfān, a hurricane, perh. traceable to Gr. typhōn, whence obs. Eng. typhon, a whirlwind. The Chinese t'ai fung, a great wind, pao fung, fierce wind, are prob. independent.

Usage

In literature:

After a few minutes the typhoon again raged, and the atmosphere was of a murky gloom.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
It may be that there are some persons in Britain who do not know precisely what a typhoon is.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
The Chinese typhoons are most frequent in the same months of the year, from the same cause.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
But you take one of those Chinese typhoons, or a hurricane that blew up from the Gulf, and I didn't enjoy it.
"Glory of Youth" by Temple Bailey
Piang had never been alone in a typhoon.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
There was a reg'lar young typhoon over to the Harbor when the news struck.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Even the West India hurricanes or the typhoons of the China Sea are more kindly.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
I recall there was a nasty typhoon in the Indian Ocean that kept us busy for a while.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
A hush had fallen over the city, like the lull which precedes the breaking of a typhoon, a panting sort of hush.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
If it was August I'd say we were nosing into a typhoon.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
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In poetry:

Channels Formosan
Typhoon-torn,
Towering, tremendous
Seas of the Horn:
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
(Franklin in the Arctic,
Gunboats at Rangoon,
Calliope at Apia
Fighting the Typhoon) —
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
It comes, the Typhoon of Death--
Nearer and nearer it comes!
The horizon thunder of cannon-breath
And the roar of angry drums!
"Coming" by Henry Howard Brownell

In news:

Hundreds Dead, Hundreds Missing After Typhoon Slams Philippines.
Powerful typhoon arrives in China after hitting Philippines.
Residents search for their missing relatives among debris swept by floodwaters at the height of Typhoon Bopha, in New Bataan town in Compost.
Weakened typhoon set to make second landfall in Philippines.
Lethal typhoon may hit Philippines second time.
OKINAWA , Japan - "Typhoon Jelawat" made a mess of the US military base in Okinawa , Japan.
Powerful typhoon kills at least 74.
3 dead in Philippines from Typhoon Parma , local media report.
One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines this year.
Hundreds of fishermen missing from Philippine typhoon.
Philippine typhoon victims need your help.
The sleazy money typhoon .
G-Power's over-the-top X5 M Typhoon .
Typhoon kills scores of people in Philippines.
Many residents were unprepared or unaware of the typhoon 's threat to the region, which rarely experiences tropical cyclones of such magnitude.
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In science:

In contrast to tsunamis and storms associated with typhoons that can be predicted hours (sometimes days) in advance, the particular danger of oceanic rogue waves is that they suddenly appear from nowhere only seconds before they hit a ship.
Deterministic Vector Freak Waves
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