wind·​break ˈwin(d)-ˌbrāk How to pronounce windbreak (audio)
: a growth of trees or shrubs serving to break the force of wind
broadly : a shelter (such as a fence) from the wind

Examples of windbreak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If there’s nowhere to go nearby, build a windbreak or snow cave for protection. Brooke Baitinger, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 Many of them are also involved in regenerative practices, such as working to restore terraces and create windbreaks to help the soil retain water and enhance biodiversity. Tom Watkins, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 During the California Gold Rush of the 1800s, they were planted for windbreaks, fuel and timber. Alix Soliman, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2024 The windbreak technique is called drafting, in which domestiques cut the wind ahead of the top rider. George Petras, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023 The ranches, vaqueros and cowboys, the windbreaks and orchards may no longer exist. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 Modern methods include using no-till crops to avoid breaking up the soil, planting cover crops to hold in moisture, and once again planting windbreaks. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 2 May 2023 After deciding to dismantle the canvas windbreak material from around the Perch, George scribbles the day’s result in his notebook. Ned Rozell | Alaska Science, Anchorage Daily News, 15 July 2023 Riding in front of top riders to provide a windbreak. George Petras, USA TODAY, 28 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windbreak was in 1846

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“Windbreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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wind·​break -ˌbrāk How to pronounce windbreak (audio)
: something (as a growth of trees) that serves as a shelter from the wind

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