dust bowl


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 California diverted water from the Eastern Sierra Nevada to support Los Angeles’ growth in the early 1900s, turning the once prosperous Owens Lake Valley into a dust bowl. Ali Mirchi, The Conversation, 29 Sep. 2021 Perry warns of what happened at California's Owens Lake, which was pumped dry to feed thirsty Los Angeles and created a dust bowl costing millions of dollars to tamp down. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2021 The American dust bowl of the 1930s demonstrated the ruinous consequences of soil degradation. Jo Handelsman, Scientific American, 14 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 9 Oct. 2019 Moved to Idaho in 1937 due to the dust bowl and lack of work. courant.com, 4 Sep. 2019 The tactic worked until winter rains failed to arrive this year, turning fertile areas into dust bowls. Rob Taylor, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2018 By nine, most places without a big bar business are dust bowls. David Remnick, Bon Appetit, 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of dust bowl

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Dust bowl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20bowl. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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

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