Hurricane vs. Thunderstorm

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Main Difference

The main difference between Hurricane and Thunderstorm is that the Hurricane is a rapidly rotating storm system and Thunderstorm is a type of weather.

  • Hurricane (noun)

    A severe Caribbean Sea, Pacific off the west coast of Mexico, with winds of 119 km/h (74 miles per hour) or greater accompanied by rain, lightning, and thunder that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes.

  • Hurricane (noun)

    a wind scale for quite strong wind, stronger than a storm

  • Hurricane (noun)

    "full—triple-full—full" – an acrobatic maneuver consisting of three flips and five twists, with one twist on the first flip, three twists on the second flip, one twist on the third flip

  • Thunderstorm (noun)

    A storm consisting of thunder and lightning produced by a cumulonimbus, usually accompanied with heavy rain, wind, and sometimes hail; and in rarer cases sleet, freezing rain, or snow.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Hurricane (noun)

    A violent storm, characterized by extreme fury and sudden changes of the wind, and generally accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning; - especially prevalent in the East and West Indies. Also used figuratively.

  • Thunderstorm (noun)

    A storm accompanied with lightning and thunder.

Webster Dictionary
  • Hurricane (noun)

    a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)

  • Thunderstorm (noun)

    a storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning

Princeton's WordNet

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