dust devil

noun

Definition of dust devil 

: a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

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The dust devil, a tiny little low pressure system, forms as a result. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Watch this dust devil ruin a perfectly nice game of softball," 8 May 2018 But before leaving the lowlands behind, on sol 1,597, the rover captured stop-motion video of dust devils streaking across the plains of Gale Crater. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Curiosity’s five-year journey across Mars — in one stunning photo," 3 Feb. 2018 But before leaving the lowlands behind, on sol 1,597, the rover captured stop-motion video of dust devils streaking across the plains of Gale Crater. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Curiosity’s five-year journey across Mars — in one stunning photo," 3 Feb. 2018 But before leaving the lowlands behind, on sol 1,597, the rover captured stop-motion video of dust devils streaking across the plains of Gale Crater. Avi Selk, Houston Chronicle, "Mars rover sends back stunning panorama," 4 Feb. 2018 But before leaving the lowlands behind, on sol 1,597, the rover captured stop-motion video of dust devils streaking across the plains of Gale Crater. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Curiosity's five-year journey across Mars - in one stunning photo," 4 Feb. 2018 Much like a dust devil or whirlwind, the rapidly rising air above a wildfire can accelerate and turn the local vorticity into a tight vertical vortex, now composed of fire instead of dust. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Video: Hellish ‘firenado’ seen in devastating fire season in Portugal," 19 Oct. 2017

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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dust devil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dust devil

: a small area of rapidly spinning wind that contains sand or dust

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