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 Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→. From a perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below on March 31, 2016. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 29 June 2022 Even after InSight falls silent, there will remain a possibility that a passing dust devil could sweep the solar panels and the spacecraft could revive. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 17 May 2022 InSight could still get lucky if a powerful dust devil passes by in the near future, cleaning off the solar panels, but that doesn’t seem likely, so NASA is preparing for the end. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 The spacecraft could prove lucky if a dust devil — a miniature whirlwind swirling along the Martian landscape — passes over and blows the dust off the solar panels. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 17 May 2022 Named after a real town with a population of 134, the track spirals in a dust devil of isolation and identity. Lior Phillips, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 Ah—the dulcet tones of a twirling Martian dust devil! Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 10 June 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of dust devil

1888, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2022

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“Dust devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20devil. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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