One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The point to which the wind blows spirally inward in a cyclonic storm.
- ‘This storm is really far from over, but even though it has been a quick assault we still have a lot of things that we need to worry about, as the storm center itself is already about 65 miles to the north and east of West Palm Beach.’
- ‘And the storm center is expected to move ashore sometime tonight or early tomorrow with winds of about 45 miles an hour.’
- ‘By keeping track of typhoons and storm centres, and giving advance warning of their approach, the observation achieved world-wide fame in meteorology circles.’
- ‘Though the storm center was 150 miles to the north, the typhoon encompassed an area 600 miles across and 1,200 miles along.’
- 1.1 The central point around which controversy or trouble happens.
- ‘Lenin, Trotsky and the majority of the Bolsheviks thought this was premature, because outside the storm centre of Petrograd most people would oppose the uprising.’
- ‘Ten thousand miners went back to work, and in the Doncaster coalfield, storm centre of the three-week-old Yorkshire strike, the feeling was growing that the end might be near.’
- ‘It was the storm centre of the ‘biennio rosso’ - the two red years that followed the end of the war in 1918.’
- ‘Its role as one of the storm centres of the fight for Italian unification is largely forgotten, with little on the islands to remind a visitor of its past heroism.’
- ‘Jewish Studies, far from being a safe intellectual haven from the wild seas of secular education, turns out itself to be a storm center.’
- ‘The article refers to Jones as a local lawyer who would ‘once again become the storm center of controversy.’’
- ‘In 1972 he was at the storm center of the prelude to Bobby Fischer's historic journey to Iceland to bring the world crown to U.S. shores.’
- ‘When Maclean said they could turn Glasgow into a ‘revolutionary storm centre’, he wasn't deluding himself.’
storm center/stôrm ˈsen(t)ər/
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