Témpest. n.s. [tempeste, Fr. tempestas, Lat.]
- The utmost violence of the wind; the names by which the wind is called according to the gradual encrease of its force seems to be, a breeze; a gale; a gust; a storm; a tempest.
I have seen tempests, when the scolding winds
Have riv'd the knotty oaks. Shakesp. Julius Cæsar.
Some have been driven by tempest to the south. Abbot.
What at first was call'd a gust, the same
Hath now a storm's, anon a tempest's name. Donne.
We, caught in a fiery tempest, shall be hurl'd
Each on his rock transfix'd. Milton.
With clouds and storms
Around thee thrown, tempest o'er tempest roll'd,
Thou humblest nature with thy northern blast. Thomson.
- Any tumult; commotion; perturbation.
The tempest in my mind
Doth from my senses take all feeling else,
Save what beats there. Shakespeare's King Lear.