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 Rivers might dry up, and a sudden dust storm can introduce random havoc to a race. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2021 Saturday storms prompted the weather service to put out a flood advisory, as well as dust storm and severe thunderstorm warnings in parts of Maricopa County, including Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert and Guadalupe. Haleigh Kochanski, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2021 Pitchfork 2021, maybe through little fault of its own, was a claustrophobic dust storm wedged into Union Park; Lollapalooza was Just. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 But a devastating global dust storm ended Opportunity's mission in 2019. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Most are just stunned that strong winds and a dust storm, the type of weather to which they are accustomed, could ground a ship and throw the world, including their small corner, into turmoil. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2021 Then, as if the scene were not harrowing enough, a choking dust storm began to envelop the area. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 Officials advised motorists to pull off the road if stuck in the middle of a dust storm, the weather service said. Michael Donohue, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2021 The crashes occurred after high winds created a sand or dust storm that obstructed the view of drivers around 4:30 p.m. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of dust storm

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dust storm was in 1879

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4 Nov 2021

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“Dust storm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20storm. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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