1. noun
a) A storm, especially one with severe winds.

As every sailor knows, a spicy gale in the tropic latitudes of the Pacific is far different from a tempest in the howling North Atlantic.

b) Any violent tumult or commotion.

They awaited the word "forward"—awaited, too, with beating hearts and set teeth the gusts of lead and iron that were to smite them at their first movement in obedience to that word. The word was not given; the tempest did not break out.

2. verb
a) To storm.

Oh! dark lowered the clouds on that horrible eve,

b) To disturb, as by a tempest.

And the moon dimly gleamed through the tempested air.

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