dust devil


Definition of dust devil

: a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

Examples of dust devil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, last spring, like a dust devil of bad luck, Sykes’ life shattered. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2021 Aside from that, NASA can merely wait and hope that a dust devil sweeps over the lander and cleans its panels. Mike Wehner, BGR, 14 Apr. 2021 Spirit found rocks suggestive of hot springs, photographed a dust devil, and scaled a Martian mountain before becoming trapped in loose sands. Dylan Moriarty, WSJ, 18 Feb. 2021 Insight also captured images of glistening nighttime clouds and watched thousands of dust devils, known as pressure vortexes, whirl around the planet's surface. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 25 Feb. 2020 The occasional dust devil would drift through the site, completing the post-apocalyptic rave aesthetic. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 13 Jan. 2020 Dark streaks near the lander came from dust devils that moved over it in February. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 Oct. 2019 As the smoking ceremony began, recalls Jason Kelly, a willy willy (dust devil) swept from the desert and across the casket. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, 23 Aug. 2019 In Weather in Texas: The Essential Handbook, George W. Bomar explained that dust devils develop on the surface, unlike tornadoes. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dust devil

1888, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jun 2021

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“Dust devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20devil. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dust devil

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

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