wind·​break | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌbrāk How to pronounce windbreak (audio) \

Definition of windbreak

: 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 Plants overwintering in pots can be sheltered a bit near a wall or windbreak, but don’t bring them inside as the interruption of dormancy may detriment their health. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 17 Mar. 2022 Michelle Dalpes, a park ranger at Denali National Park and Preserve, urges all glacier travelers to bring warm, layered clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, and a windbreak layer. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 Elsewhere on the beach, a party of two was erecting a windbreak whose blocks of color—black currant and orange and lime—were reminiscent of a particular brand of ice lolly fondly remembered from childhood. Hermione Hoby, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 The women of Izu Oshima island in Japan still harvest camellia in the winter: The flowers are essential to the local economy, and the trees that bear them act as a windbreak, protecting crops from the bitter breezes rolling off the sea. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Evergreen shrubs in containers can define areas of a patio, provide privacy and shade or serve as a windbreak.,, 14 Apr. 2021 In the Great Plains, 220 million trees would be planted stretching 18,600 miles to create the Shelterbelt, a windbreak to help prevent the severe dust storms that created the Dust Bowl. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2020 He was last known to be wearing a red, white and blue striped windbreak with green sweatpants. Carol Robinson |, al, 4 Nov. 2020 Also known as salt cedar, it was utilized as a windbreak and as a way to control stream-bank erosion. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 27 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of windbreak

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of windbreak was in 1846

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“Windbreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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wind·​break | \ ˈwind-ˌbrāk How to pronounce windbreak (audio) \

Kids Definition of windbreak

: something (as a growth of trees and shrubs) that reduces the force of the wind

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