sand·​storm | \ˈsan(d)-ˌstȯrm \

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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In October, the group used the cover of a sandstorm to attack SDF positions there, killing dozens. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Kills Dozens of U.S.-Backed Fighters in Syria Battle, Monitor Says," 26 Nov. 2018 Verde Valley, Arizona Arizona might bring to mind cacti, tumbleweeds and sandstorms, but the elevation and arid climate of Arizona’s Verde Valley are surprisingly grape-friendly. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Beyond Napa: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now," 29 Aug. 2018 Bear witness to trips, sandstorms, and the torching of art installations on Nevada’s Playa. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: South Africa to withdraw, North Carolina to redraw," 29 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, the massive sandstorm that caused one of NASA’s rovers Opportunity to shut down, is still raging. Richard Tribou,, "NASA image shows blue sand dune on Mars," 26 June 2018 Egypt's weather agency says a sandstorm has hit parts of the country, closing several highways in the southern provinces, days after rare heavy rainfall pummeled the capital of Cairo and other parts of the North African country. Fox News, "Sandstorm hit parts of Egypt, shutting down highways," 1 May 2018 Just 10 days ago, more than 134 people were reportedly killed in a sandstorm in Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sand and Thunderstorms Sweep Across India, Leaving More Than 86 Dead," 15 May 2018 Visuals obtained by The Associated Press show a sandstorm rolling in over the southern city of Aswan on Monday. Fox News, "Sandstorm hit parts of Egypt, shutting down highways," 1 May 2018 Even after settlers more or less eradicated the natives, growing cotton and grazing cattle were iffy propositions, given the frequency of drought and sandstorms. Mimi Swartz, WSJ, "‘The Kings of Big Spring’ Review: There’s Oil in Their Blood," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sandstorm

1774, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of sandstorm

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

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