Pronunciation: (tem'pist), [key]
1. a violent windstorm, esp. one with rain, hail, or snow.
2. a violent commotion, disturbance, or tumult.
3. tempest in a teacup. See teacup (def. 3).
to affect by or as by a tempest; disturb violently.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.