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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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 In 2005, 31 people died when another CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm, according to AP. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "Marine helicopter crew of 4 is presumed dead after crash in California, authorities say," 4 Apr. 2018 In 2005, 31 people died when a CH-53E helicopter went down in Iraq during a sandstorm. CBS News, "4 Marines killed in helicopter crash in Southern California," 4 Apr. 2018 Voting was extended by an hour on Wednesday after a sandstorm lashed Cairo, keeping some people from polls, officials said. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Egypt’s Early Vote Tally: Sisi, 92%, Token Opponent, 3%," 29 Mar. 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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