wind·​blown | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌblōn How to pronounce windblown (audio) \

Definition of windblown

: blown by the wind especially : having a permanent set or character of growth determined by the prevailing winds windblown trees

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Recent Examples on the Web The windblown loess soil comprises freshwater sedimentary topsoil resting over fractured basalt subsoil. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Willamette Valley wine map gets 2 new grape-growing regions: Tualatin Hills, Laurelwood District," 4 June 2020 The Civic returns to our flank and we're greeted with another vision of its driver's windblown mane and pointed finger. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 As the shoreline recedes, dry lake bed is exposed, polluting the air with windblown dust that may contain pesticides and heavy metals. Los Angeles Times, "As a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up again," 23 Apr. 2020 The seaside cliffs and billowing green grass of Alderney, a small, windblown island in the English Channel, belie a dark past that is now largely hidden from view. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Reveal the Hidden Horrors of Only Nazi SS Camp on British Soil," 1 Apr. 2020 The agency said the company hadn’t complied with a plan to control windblown dust containing lead and other harmful pollutants at its smelter in Hayden, about 95 miles east of Phoenix. Ian James, azcentral, "EPA fines mining company for failing to control dust at Arizona copper smelter," 19 Mar. 2020 Doherty said initial reports suggest that at least some of the lines suffered damage from windblown trees or vegetation. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, "PG&E’s blackouts were ‘not surgical by any stretch.’ Its systems may be to blame," 11 Oct. 2019 Looming over this drama, figuratively and literally, is the windblown ruin of a 130-year-old hotel. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Death threats and illegal voting: The war over a luxury resort in Harpers Ferry," 17 Feb. 2020 This windblown debris, Steppan guesses, is probably their main source of food—but doesn’t seem very substantial. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This mountaineering mouse is the world's highest-dwelling mammal," 22 July 2019

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1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Windblown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of windblown

: carried through the air by the wind
: made messy by the wind

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