wind·​storm | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Definition of windstorm

: a storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation

Examples of windstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many, those preparations paid off less than six months later, when a windstorm, packing hurricane-force gales, raked Salt Lake City, toppling century-old trees and shutting down power for days. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A year after Magna earthquake, here’s what Utahns are doing — or should be — to prepare for the big one," 14 Mar. 2021 But the derecho, a straight-line windstorm, was relentless. NBC News, "Crises collide: Homeless in America when climate disaster strikes," 20 Apr. 2021 An extreme windstorm that had been forecast for days was pushing down the West Coast. oregonlive, "Other utilities cut power to reduce Labor Day fire risks. Pacific Power did not. Now it may face the consequences," 28 Mar. 2021 That year, King nearly won his fifth Iditarod title, but a windstorm ended his race near the final checkpoint before Nome. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "“Send help now”: Two mushers describe the events that led to their rescue from the Kobuk 440 race trail," 10 Apr. 2021 And with the coronavirus and the later windstorm, the seismic safety of schools was soon forgotten again. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "State leaders have known for decades that Utah kids could die in unsafe schools during an earthquake. They’ve taken little action.," 28 Mar. 2021 These price improvements have come about in response to improving macroeconomic conditions, a derecho windstorm that hurt corn and soybean supply in much of the Midwest and higher-than-anticipated demand from China. Jayson L. Lusk And Michael D. Boehlje, WSJ, "For Farmers and Consumers, a Crazy Year in Food," 16 Dec. 2020 The windstorm hit the state 25 years ago today, on Dec. 12, 1995. oregonlive, "Deadly ‘Big Blow 2’ windstorm hit the state 25 years ago, catching Oregonians by surprise, causing widespread damage," 12 Dec. 2020 King led the race with a one-hour head start from White Mountain that year, only to be battered by a windstorm in the dark of night. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year, an Iditarod rookie made it about 96% of the way to Nome. It has haunted him ever since.," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of windstorm

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Windstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of windstorm

: a storm that has very strong winds and usually very little rain or snow


wind·​storm | \ ˈwind-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio) \

Kids Definition of windstorm

: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

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