blow·​down | \ ˈblō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce blowdown (audio) \

Definition of blowdown

1 : an instance of trees being blown down by the wind
2 : a tree blown down also : an area of such trees

Examples of blowdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Figure out the easiest approach—sometimes a longer walk through gentler terrain is better than a short sprint up a slope of blowdowns—and pick a likely opening to call the bird to. Jim Spencer, Outdoor Life, "Float a River to Find a Turkey Hunting Hotspot," 4 May 2020 When that happens, neighbors check in on each other, often walking through deep snow or picking their way over blowdown to do so. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 There are blowdowns blocking the creek every 40 yards. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Social Distancing," 18 Mar. 2020 At Lewis Smith, rains will mean murky water up-river, but the warm temperatures could turn on an early bite for largemouths—Chatterbaits and shallow-running crankbaits around stumps, blowdowns and rocks will find the fish. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: What lures are working for anglers?," 10 Jan. 2020 Crappies hang on shoreline brush, around areas where creeks drop into the main river, and up the creeks on blowdowns and stumps. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Don’t overlook catfish during winter months," 13 Dec. 2019 But most of the blowdown was along the road, and that has been cleared and the trail is open again, said Hilary Markin, the forest’s public affairs officer. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hike through some of Wisconsin's oldest and biggest trees in these old-growth forests," 24 Oct. 2019 Two of the state’s largest wildfires lit up areas of the forest that were affected by the July 4, 1999, blowdown, including the 76,000-acre Ham Lake fire from 2007 and a part of the 93,000-acre Pagami Creek fire in 2011. Brooks Johnson, Twin Cities, "20 years later, effects of massive Boundary Waters windstorm still felt," 3 July 2019 At the same time, the blowdown has helped regenerate the forest as part of its long-term natural life cycle. Brooks Johnson, Twin Cities, "20 years later, effects of massive Boundary Waters windstorm still felt," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of blowdown

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Blowdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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