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“tornado” in British English

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tornadonoun [ C ]

uk /tɔːˈneɪ.dəʊ/ us /tɔːrˈneɪ.doʊ/ plural tornadoes or tornados US informal also twister

Examples from literature

  • After all, Kansas is a place where there are tornadoes almost every year. 
  • After the tornado hit in 2007, they wanted to help the town. 
  • At 9:45 p.m. the tornado hit the town. 
  • It was the strongest kind of tornado. 
  • Sometimes it is so windy that there are tornadoes like the one that destroyed Greensburg! 
  • Then they began to hear the loud noise a tornado makes. 
  • These people thought that another tornado might come and destroy the town again. 

(Definition of “tornado” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“tornado” in American English

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tornadonoun [ C ]

us /tɔrˈneɪ·doʊ/ plural tornadoes or tornados infml twister

a dangerous storm which is a spinning cone of wind that destroys anything in its path as it moves across the ground

(Definition of “tornado” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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