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 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, "An 800-mile firebreak once traversed California. What happened?," 13 Nov. 2020 He was last known to be wearing a red, white and blue striped windbreak with green sweatpants. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham man, 32, missing for more than a week; public’s help sought," 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, "Invasive tamarisk beetles reach the Gila River, defying predictions and raising concerns," 27 Aug. 2020 Create a windbreak by erecting a solid-board fence, or by planting a row of thick shrubs. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Things To Know Before Installing an Inground Pool," 14 June 2020 We were camped on the stony shore of a large lake, using a tangle of willows as a windbreak. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "A Tale of Two Bears: Hunting Brown Bears in Alaska," 18 July 2016 Michelle Dalps, 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, "Glacier guide: Here’s how you can get up close to some ice," 28 May 2020 The kids bravely took turns summiting to get a quick snapshot and then ran back down to the windbreak. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "When a rainy day turns into a wondrous, wintry night, everything is right with the world," 25 Jan. 2020 Trees also served as windbreaks, fuel and building materials. Michelle Lou And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "What is Arbor Day? The meaning behind the tree holiday," 24 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of windbreak

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Windbreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windbreak

: something (such as a fence or group of trees) that protects an area from the wind


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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