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English

Pronunciation

  • (Britain, Australia) tô(r)-nā'dō, /tɔː(ɹ)ˈneɪdəʊ/, /tO:(r)"neId@U/
  • WEAE /toɹˈnaɪ.do/

Etymology 1

From Spanish tronada (thunderstorm) < tronar (to thunder) < Latin tonare (to thunder) < 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) < Latin tornare (to turn).

Noun

Singular
tornado

Plural
tornadoes

tornado (tornadoes)
  1. (meteorology) A violently rotating column of air, pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, and nearly always observable as a funnel cloud or tuba. On a local scale, it is the most destructive of all atmospheric phenomena. Its vortex, commonly several hundred yards in diameter, rotates counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere with wind speeds of 100 to more than 300 miles per hour (161 to 483 kmph). Its general direction of travel is governed by the motion of its parent cloud.
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Derived terms
  • tornado watch, tornado warning (A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for producing a tornado. A tornado warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been detected on radar.)
  • tornado shelter
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Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
tornado

Plural
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Danish

Noun

tornado c.

  1. tornado

Spanish

Noun

tornado m. (plural tornados)

Singular
tornado m.

Plural
tornados m.

  1. tornado

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