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 Wharton and Fowler acknowledged and thanked residents for their sacrifices during a difficult few years that have included an earthquake, windstorm, drought, protests, riots and a pandemic. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 The fire was fueled by an extreme set of atmospheric conditions, intensified by climate change, and fanned by a violent windstorm. Jason Samenow, Jacob Feuerstein, Becky Bolinger, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Jan. 2022 On December 30, a violent wildfire tore through the western suburbs of Denver and Boulder during an extreme windstorm. Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Our first assignment wasn’t a wildfire but a cleanup project at Devils Postpile National Monument in the eastern Sierra Nevada, where a historic windstorm had been severe enough to uproot a distressing number of mature lodgepole pines. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 1 Mar. 2021 The windstorm won’t be as strong as the one that spread the Rancho San Diego fire last week and forced SDG&E to turn off power to more than 73,000 customers. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2020 Both mushers brought their dogs inside the Kwik cabin between the Koyuk and Elim checkpoints during a severe windstorm. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 What is still unclear is what the new normal will really look like, now that the most furious period of Beijing’s regulatory windstorm appears to have passed. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 18 May 2022 The Iditarod is punishing mushers with fines of thousands of dollars for SHELTERING DOGS from a dangerous windstorm. CBS News, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of windstorm

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2022

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“Windstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

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: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

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