dust storm


: a dust-laden whirlwind that moves across an arid region and is usually associated with hot dry air and marked by high electrical tension
: strong winds bearing clouds of dust

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Thinking about moving to Lubbock? by u/Mother_Philosophy597 in texas Fellow West Texans sticking out the dust storm wasted no time jumping into the comments on the post. Michael Murney, Chron, 1 Mar. 2023 Six-year-old Denny Wallace goes missing in a dust storm in 19th-century colonial Australia. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2023 The winds intensified, hitting the 25 mph to 30 mph range, sweeping sand and dirt off the coastal bluffs, producing a dust storm that drove many people off the beach, including outdoor vendors. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 On March 23rd, the spacecraft observed a major dust storm over Mexico and the southwestern United States. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2017 The weather service also issued a dust storm warning for areas around Interstate 10 near Avondale, I-10 near Casa Grande, I-10 near Eloy, and I-10, I-17, US-60 near Phoenix and Mesa until 5:30 p.m. Jeremy Yurow, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2022 Two children are among the six people who died in a Montana pileup after a Friday evening dust storm caused blackout conditions on Interstate 90, a major route in both Montana and the Western U.S. Stefanie Dazio, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 In 1971, Mariner 9 entered orbit around Mars and was greeted with a massive global dust storm. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 9 June 2020 Overnight a dust storm damaged the habitat and solar array, and caused the primary communication antenna to become misaligned. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dust storm was in 1879

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“Dust storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20storm. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

dust storm

: a violent wind carrying dust across a dry region

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