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 In such wet and windblown parts of western Ireland, farms are typically small, at 20 acres to 40 acres, and suited mainly for raising low numbers of sheep or cattle. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 One study, published in 2020, found that levels of windblown dust in many areas have doubled during the past twenty years. Michael Holtz, The New Yorker, 22 July 2022 Yet for all their hazards, gullies accumulate windblown snow and are more viable to ski in marginal years than open hillsides. Simon Akam, Outside Online, 26 Oct. 2017 What impresses is an improbable blend of escarpments, ravines, windblown crags and banks of talus, all on a plateau that rises abruptly from the surrounding countryside. Robert O'harrow Jr., Washington Post, 3 June 2022 But pavers can get soiled with muddy shoes, windblown dirt, food spills, and standing water—and these require a bit more elbow grease. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2022 Three-quarters of them live, as Boric’s family does, in Punta Arenas, a windblown town with a frontier spirit. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Already, there has been a shift in Uvalde, a city of 15,000 people in the scrubby, windblown stretch west of San Antonio. New York Times, 31 May 2022 The Richardsons had ridden up to the sandy, windblown San Francisco peninsula from Mission San Gabriel, near the small town of Los Angeles. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of windblown

1599, in the meaning defined above

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“Windblown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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