shel·​ter·​belt ˈshel-tər-ˌbelt How to pronounce shelterbelt (audio)
: a barrier of trees and shrubs that provides protection (as for crops) from wind and storm and lessens erosion

Examples of shelterbelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stepping into the shelterbelt seemed cathedral-like. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 The fence line ran north for a half-mile and abutted another back road, with a shelterbelt on the other side. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Mar. 2021 After a few days of easy hunting, word spread through the shelterbelt and the squirrels were tougher to find. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2020 The shelterbelt was a half-mile long and 50 yards wide, and there were cottonwoods, pine trees, elm and chokecherry bushes. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2020 While his ranch has a shelterbelt of trees which protect against winds that blow from the northwest, Mr. Roseland said winds from this storm have come from the east and northeast, buffeting his calving yards and threatening the lives of newborns. Jake Holland, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2019 My brother, friends, and cousins built those forts in the woods near a park and in the shelterbelts overlooking the creek behind my grandmother’s place. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, 17 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelterbelt was in 1868

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“Shelterbelt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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