dust bowl

noun

Definition of dust bowl

: a region that suffers from prolonged droughts and dust storms

Examples of dust bowl in a Sentence

They left the dust bowl and moved west.
Recent Examples on the Web Photo: perry duffin/epa-efe/rex/shutterstock The tactic worked until winter rains failed to arrive this year, turning fertile areas into dust bowls. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 But another factor played into making the Front Range turn into a rush hour dust bowl: the recent dry stretch. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Explaining Wednesday’s wild Front Range dust storm," 9 Oct. 2019 Moved to Idaho in 1937 due to the dust bowl and lack of work. courant.com, "Hugo Herman John," 4 Sep. 2019 The tactic worked until winter rains failed to arrive this year, turning fertile areas into dust bowls. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Drought Tests Australia’s Model Water Market," 8 Nov. 2018 By nine, most places without a big bar business are dust bowls. David Remnick, Bon Appetit, "The Only Restaurant on the Upper West Side That Hasn’t Been Bettered Anywhere on Earth," 6 June 2018 Think breadlines and grinding poverty in the cities and dust bowls in the agricultural areas. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Think the U.S. is at odds? Consider Greece.," 26 June 2018 Josh Reddick’s throw beat Moncada by several steps, but Moncada flew in head-first, creating a dust bowl at the platw. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox keep it below double digits but lose again to Astros, 7-1," 22 Apr. 2018 But the loss of its water turned the once-fertile Owens Valley into a dust bowl. Dale Kasler And Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "A ‘water grab’? Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project," 13 Feb. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dust bowl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of dust bowl

1935, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about dust bowl

Time Traveler for dust bowl

Time Traveler

The first known use of dust bowl was in 1935

See more words from the same year

Statistics for dust bowl

Cite this Entry

“Dust bowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20bowl. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for dust bowl

dust bowl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dust bowl

: an area of land that was once used for farming but that has become a desert because of a lack of rain

More from Merriam-Webster on dust bowl

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for dust bowl

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about dust bowl

Comments on dust bowl

What made you want to look up dust bowl? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!