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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Others piled up their meager belongings to make windbreaks as a storm forecast to drop 10 inches of snow on the city darkened the sky. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Homeless people forced to stay in makeshift shelters as coronavirus spreads. What they need is real housing," 23 Apr. 2020 This means its facility in Texas has to include huge windbreaks—think of the enormous, sky-high protective nets at some driving ranges, but solid—in order to be able to safely stack Starships. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Wants to Build a New Starship Every 72 Hours So He Can Colonize Mars," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of windbreak

1846, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2020

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“Windbreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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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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