World English Dictionary
tornado (tɔːˈneɪdəʊ)
n , pl -does, -dos
1.  cyclone, Also called: twister a violent storm with winds whirling around a small area of extremely low pressure, usually characterized by a dark funnel-shaped cloud causing damage along its path
2.  a small but violent squall or whirlwind, such as those occurring on the West African coast
3.  any violently active or destructive person or thing
4.  (often capital) a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people
[C16: probably alteration of Spanish tronada thunderstorm (from tronar to thunder, from Latin tonāre), through influence of tornar to turn, from Latin tornāre to turn in a lathe]

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