Tornado vs. Twister

Tornado vs. Twister — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Tornado and Twister

Tornadonoun

A violently rotating column of air extending from a cumulonimbus cloud to the ground, ranging in width from a few meters to more than a kilometer, with destructive winds up to 510 kilometers (316 miles) per hour or higher. Tornadoes are typically associated with a funnel cloud pendant from a storm's wall cloud, often extending to the bottom of the tornado.

Twisternoun

One that twists, as in the manufacture of rope or yarn.

Tornadonoun

A violent thunderstorm in western Africa or nearby Atlantic waters.

Twisternoun

(Sports) A ball thrown or batted with a twist.

Tornadonoun

A whirlwind or hurricane.

Twisternoun

(Informal) A tornado or cyclone.

Tornadonoun

(meteorology) A violent windstorm characterized by a mobile, twisting, funnel-shaped cloud.

A tornado is a rotating column of air, pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, and nearly always observable as a funnel cloud or tuba. Its vortex, meters in diameter, rotates counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere, with wind speeds of 160 to more than 480 kilometres per hour.

Twisternoun

One who twists.

Tornadonoun

a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

Twisternoun

One whose occupation is to twist or join the threads of one warp to those of another, in weaving.

Tornadonoun

a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted

Twisternoun

The instrument used in twisting, or making twists.

Twisternoun

A ball delivered with a twist, as in cricket or billiards.

Twisternoun

(colloquial) A tornado.

Twisternoun

(carpentry) A girder

Twisternoun

(dated) The inner part of the thigh, the proper place to rest upon when on horseback.

Twisternoun

A crook, a villain.

Twisternoun

The party game Twister, usually capitalized, or a variant.

Twisternoun

a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

Twisternoun

small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts