ash·​fall ˈash-ˌfȯl How to pronounce ashfall (audio)
: a deposit of volcanic ash

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On January 15 the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in the South Pacific kingdom of Tonga, generating ashfall and a tsunami that affected 84 percent of the country’s population. Josephine Latu-sanft, Scientific American, 7 Feb. 2022 The three islands were by far the hardest hit of any of Tonga’s inhabited islands, many of which suffered only superficial damage and extensive ashfall. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 Because there is still ashfall, all airports, even those that didn't sustain damage by the tsunami, are closed. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 17 Jan. 2022 Heavy rains that are believed to have triggered the eruption mixed with volcanic mud and flooded the villages covered by the ashfall. Agoes Basoeki, USA TODAY, 9 Dec. 2021 Conditions worsened on Sunday at a volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as loud rumbling, lightning and heavy ashfall were observed and residents reported power cuts. Kristin Deane,, 11 Apr. 2021 Explosions with accompanying ashfall of similar or larger magnitude can take place with little or no warning. Melissa Noel, Essence, 14 May 2021 However, heavy ashfall also was reported in communities around the volcano, said Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2021 The blast sent plumes of ash six miles high, blanketing surrounding communities and creating heavy ashfall. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 12 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ashfall was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Ashfall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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