dust devil


Definition of dust devil

: a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Mars Sure Is Quakin'," 25 Feb. 2020 The occasional dust devil would drift through the site, completing the post-apocalyptic rave aesthetic. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Dark streaks near the lander came from dust devils that moved over it in February. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Get a bird's-eye view of NASA's missions on Mars," 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, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 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, "Watch: Dust devil moves through new Amazon fulfillment center in Fort Worth," 1 Aug. 2019 As a dust devil whirled, Michelle Binion, 56, marveled at the rupture caused by the first quake. Giulia Mcdonnell Nieto Del Rio, latimes.com, "Seismic selfies: Massive earthquake surface rupture becomes tourist attraction," 9 July 2019 Weaver guessed that the dust devil lasted about two minutes, which is typical. Allie Caren, Washington Post, "‘Tornado timeout’ delays baseball game when dust devil sweeps across field," 29 May 2018 If this is indeed the case, Opportunity’s recovery might depend more on a lucky brush with a dust devil than NASA is letting on, this person says. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA says it wants to save the Mars Opportunity rover, but some close to the mission doubt it," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of dust devil

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Dust devil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20devil. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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