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

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This week, via a ouija board, the Cassini probe tells us of dust storms on Titan. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "The deserts of Titan have organic dust storms," 4 Oct. 2018 Over the summer, the biggest news on the Martian surface was the massive dust storm. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Unexpected Component Helped Curiosity Observe a Martian Dust Storm," 27 Sep. 2018 Now, a new battle is brewing over Mono Lake, where dust storms have been on the rise. latimes.com, "Today: Russian Interference, European Edition," 5 July 2018 For a rover that survives entirely on solar power, a dust storm like this could be a death sentence. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mars Dust Storm Goes Global, Covers Curiosity Rover," 21 June 2018 Will Flannigan, The Republic | azcentral.com The National Weather Service was tracking another dust storm moving north through Pinal County toward Phoenix late Tuesday afternoon. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Dust storm moving through Pinal County toward Phoenix area," 10 July 2018 In other space news, NASA announced that a giant dust storm has enveloped the entire planet of Mars. USA TODAY, "Does Melania Trump really care about the children? Her jacket says no.," 21 June 2018 Against all odds, NASA's Opportunity rover has continued to transmit information back to Earth through a powerful dust storm. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Opportunity Rover Is Heroically Riding Out an Enormous Martian Storm," 11 June 2018 Amid repair and relief work by authorities, India's meteorological department warns another powerful dust storm would sweep parts of the two states this weekend. Fox News, "Indian workers repair damage after deadly dust storm," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of dust storm

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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