wind·​storm | \ˈwin(d)-ˌstȯrm \

Definition of windstorm 

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

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Players are often forced to push past each other in narrow walkways or fight conveyor belts and windstorms just to simply maintain their position. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake," 7 Aug. 2018 Since igniting in a windstorm last Thursday, the Camp Fire has killed 48 people and destroyed 8,817 homes and businesses mostly in the city of Paradise, making it the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Hunt for Bodies Expands in Northern California as a Southern Blaze Is Largely Contained," 13 Nov. 2018 The area was blocked off with caution tape, according to DTE Energy, whose crews found the woman's body after arriving to the alley for repairs following the earlier windstorm. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan probes DTE handling of outages, Detroit woman's death," 17 May 2018 All insurers offer hurricane deductibles on the windstorm portions of their policies of $500, or a percentage of the policy’s structure limit. Ron Hurtibise,, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 Last October, a windstorm twisted off a very large live limb, which fell into the property directly behind the tree owner’s property, just missing the house, but smashing the fence between the houses. Benny L. Kass,, "A neighbor's damaged tree hangs over nearby properties. What can those homeowners do?," 16 Jan. 2018 According to Jeff Eideller, Homedale's chief of police, the police were called at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night after Rubio and seven others were caught in a windstorm while in a boat on the Snake River in Homedale. Brandon Rasmussen, idahostatesman, "Body of missing Idaho teen found in Snake River," 25 June 2018 The storm In July 2017, a windstorm caused the library's roof to shake and release dust. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Sneak peek: Renovated Burton Barr library set to reopen after flood damage," 13 June 2018 As the North Bay rebuilds from October’s deadly wildfires, many residents would like to see more power lines buried underground, where raging windstorms can’t touch them. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wine Country fires: PG&E often diverts money for undergrounding power lines," 12 Mar. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of windstorm

: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

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