sand·​storm | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce sandstorm (audio) \

Definition of sandstorm

: a windstorm (as in a desert) driving clouds of sand before it

Examples of sandstorm in a Sentence

They were caught in a sandstorm.
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First Known Use of sandstorm

1774, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2021

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“Sandstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandstorm

: an occurrence in which very strong winds blow sand around very forcefully in the desert


sand·​storm | \ ˈsand-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce sandstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandstorm

: a desert storm with strong wind that blows clouds of sand

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