blow·​down ˈblō-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce blowdown (audio)
: an instance of trees being blown down by the wind
: a tree blown down
also : an area of such trees

Examples of blowdown in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Griffith, winner of a Minnesota Book Award, tells the story of the July 4, 1999, confluence of weather events that resulted in the most damaging blowdown of thousands of trees, some very old, in the region’s history. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 With steep hills on all sides littered with thick brush and blowdown, this bear would be a chore to get to. Kevin Farron, Outdoor Life, 21 Sep. 2023 Some blowdown is to be expected, even in untouched old growth. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 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, 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, 29 Mar. 2020 There are blowdowns blocking the creek every 40 yards. The Editors, Field & Stream, 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, 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, 13 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blowdown was in 1884

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“Blowdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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