• WordNet 3.6
    • n tempest (literary) a violent wind "a tempest swept over the island"
    • n tempest a violent commotion or disturbance "the storms that had characterized their relationship had died away","it was only a tempest in a teapot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tempest A fashionable assembly; a drum. See the Note under Drum n., 4.
    • Tempest 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."
    • Tempest Fig.: Any violent tumult or commotion; as, a political tempest; a tempest of war, or of the passions.
    • v. t Tempest To disturb as by a tempest. "Part huge of bulk
      Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean."
    • v. i Tempest To storm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tempest A very violent storm; an extensive current of wind, rushing with great velocity and violence, and commonly attended with rain, hail, or snow; a furious gale; a hurricane.
    • n tempest A violent tumult or commotion; perturbation; violent agitation: as, a tempest of the passions; a popular or political tempest.
    • tempest To disturb violently, as by a tempest; rouse; throw into a state of commotion; agitate.
    • tempest To descend as a tempest; be tempestuous; storm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tempest tem′pest wind rushing with great velocity, usually with rain or snow: a violent storm: any violent commotion
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  • Epictetus
    “The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep. [The Tempest]”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the heaven.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.”
  • Epicurus
    “Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.”


Tempest in a teapot - If people exaggerate the seriousness of a situation or problem, they are making a tempest in a teapot.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. tempeste, F. tempête, (assumed) LL. tempesta, fr. L. tempestas, a portion of time, a season, weather, storm, akin to tempus, time. See Temporal of time
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. tempeste—L. tempestas, a season, tempest—tempus, time.


In literature:

In the calm harbour of whose gentle breast, My tempest-beaten soul may safely rest.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The opera opens in storm and tempest.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
A fierce tempest had been raging during the night, and there had been many disasters.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
Once sheltered, Walter and Ellen gazed out upon the raging tempest in bewildered amazement, not unmixed with awe.
"Ellen Walton" by Alvin Addison
That sudden tempest shook even the royal box.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 4, No. 23, September, 1859" by Various
Or, to avoid the tempest, fled to port, Or made a prey to Neptune.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The tempest shrieked through the compound.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Command the tempest And the tempest becometh a calm.
"Myths of Babylonia and Assyria" by Donald A. Mackenzie
And when the bereaved has found God, he has found light in his darkness, peace in his tempest, a ray in his night.
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
Instead of amusing the king's idle hours, he shall stand by him in the very tempest and whirlwind of passion.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley

In poetry:

No danger comes -- ah me! forlorn!
A wretch by woes and tempests tost!--
From love, from friends, and kindred torn,
And dash'd on Kilda's frightful coast!
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Round Florence the tempests are clouding;
The mountains a deluge have hurled;
For the tyrants of nations are crowding
To blot that fair light from the world.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Let not loud thunder, or the light'ning glare,
Let not the storm or tempest do me harm,
Let not the wily fiend my soul ensnare,
Nor any violence my heart alarm.
"The Traveller's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
O'er the sea come the winds and the billows,
And they howl to the rocks, and they cry,
They will bring them a wreck on the morrow,
Ere the joy of the tempest die.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
To the still wrestlings of the lonely heart
He doth impart
The virtue of his midnight agony,
When none was nigh,
Save God and one good angel, to assuage
The tempest's rage.
"Wednesday Before Easter" by John Keble
Like some wild spell the twilight fell,
And black the tempest came;
The heavens seemed filled with the warring dead,
Whose batteries opened overhead
With thunder and with flame.
"At The Ferry" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Olympia Dukakis Strong, Memorable As Prospera In 'The Tempest '.
The Art Of Making 'The Tempest '.
Bob Dylan, Tempest , Rolling Stone.
Ades's " Tempest " comes to Met stage.
Deftones Streaming New Single " Tempest ".
The new Deftones single " Tempest " has graced the web, you can stream it in full below.
The Metropolitan Opera introduced its production of "The Tempest ," the composer Thomas Adès's adaptation of the Shakespeare play, on Tuesday night, with Mr Adès conducting, in his Met debut.
Bob Dylan, ' Tempest '.
1964 Pontiac Tempest GTO Photo Gallery.
'The Tempest ' premieres at The Metropolitan Opera.
Audrey Luna is Ariel and Simon Keenlyside plays Prospero in Thomas Adès’ “The Tempest†at the Metropolitan Opera Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.
Bob Dylan has been on something of a career resurgence ever since the success of the 1997 album Time Out of Mind and Tempest continues the trend.
1967 Pontiac Tempest Custom for sale in Chicago Illinois.
Claims about Jesus' 'lost tomb' stir up tempest .
It's a heads-up that one Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will be staging The Tempest in parks in Ohio and Kentucky.

In science:

Il cielo non `e pi`u celeste e senti continua scrosciare la pioggia; salita dal mare, la nube si addensa in tempeste oscure d’orribile pioggia; il cielo precipita in terra e scende feroce a far guerra.
Carlo Cercignani's Interests for the Foundations of Physics