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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American military leaders made guesses about whether the Israelis might choose a time of the month when the light was higher or lower, or a time of the year when sandstorms occur more or less regularly. New York Times, "The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran," 4 Sep. 2019 This little black cloud would turn into a sandstorm that was blinding and threw the camera equipment around. Clark Collis,, "Snakes, sandstorms, and strangulation: The making of 1999's The Mummy," 14 Aug. 2019 The cast and crew of 1999’s The Mummy had to deal with snakes, sandstorms, and sickness while shooting the action-adventure blockbuster in Morocco. Clark Collis,, "Brendan Fraser got 'fully choked-out' shooting The Mummy," 23 July 2019 One time a sandstorm grounded the party at an outpost near Baghdad. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Robin Williams had 'a real connection' with the military before his death, film reveals," 17 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce sandstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandstorm

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

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