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.
Recent Examples on the Web Arriving in Ur in the middle of a sandstorm, the writer reconnected with the archaeological team and introduced herself to Leonard’s assistant, 25-year-old Mallowan, who’d missed the previous season due to an illness. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Feb. 2022 The film has its visual pleasures, though: The sandstorm at the temple is a nice touch, and shooting through the lounge’s beveled glass windows was a stroke of genius for DP Haris Zambarloukos. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Hanks is the tablespoonful of sugar that helps the sandstorm go down., 3 Nov. 2021 Classic elements like the sandstorm and the combat wheel are there, but gameplay is tightened to get players throwing down against each other much earlier. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The pileup occurred during a period of high winds that caused a dust or sandstorm that reduced visibility, the highway patrol said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 The ad closes with an all-new 2022 Tundra TRD Pro emerging from the sandstorm. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 20 Sep. 2021 Harris Kelly, 20, was in a convoy of military vehicles when his truck swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle during a sandstorm, went off the road and rolled over north of Tallil, Iraq, military officials said. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 While on his pilgrimage, Pruitt, struggling with dementia, wanders off into the desert when he's beset upon by a sandstorm. Nick Romano,, 25 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sandstorm

1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandstorm was in 1774

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“Sandstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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