dust storm


Definition of dust storm

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

Examples of dust storm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just last week, a large dust storm struck eastern Colorado, reports Jesse Sarles for CBS Denver. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Are the Great Plains Headed for Another Dust Bowl?," 23 Oct. 2020 Waiting out a dust storm from a car or house is annoying but relatively safe. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "How to Survive 5 Extreme Weather Scenarios," 15 Oct. 2020 Dust particles on the moon's surface might float off the ground, and moon dust might fly into a dust storm, according to NASA. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "The Earth is making the moon rust," 5 Sep. 2020 The dust storm turned into a downpour, and all the dignitaries ran for cover. Shalini Venugopal Bhagat, New York Times, "Pandit Jasraj, Master Indian Vocalist, Is Dead at 90," 25 Aug. 2020 On Sunday, a dust storm caused Interstate 10 to shut down near Picacho Peak after a semi truck was reportedly blown over on its side, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Bring in your plants: third night of storms expected in Phoenix area," 18 Aug. 2020 Spirit’s twin rover, Opportunity, also landed in 2004, and stayed live until 2018 when a dust storm blanketed its location. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Help Teach the Curiosity Rover to Drive on Mars," 24 June 2020 So far, the anomalous dust storm that traversed the globe last month has quelled major hurricane formation by slapping storms with dry Saharan air. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Conditions are ripe for a major Atlantic hurricane in 2020," 28 July 2020 The Facebook image does not depict a Saharan dust cloud over Puerto Rico, rather a 2018 haboob, a different type of dust storm, over Phoenix. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Picture of a massive dust cloud is over Phoenix, not Puerto Rico," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of dust storm

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Nov 2020

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“Dust storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20storm. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind that carries clouds of dust across a large area

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Kids Definition of dust storm

: a very strong wind carrying dust across a dry region

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