wind·​storm ˈwin(d)-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce windstorm (audio)
: a storm marked by high wind with little or no precipitation

Examples of windstorm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wild winds and massive waves Even for a region used to intense windstorms, Ingunn is something else. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Premiums collected during hurricane-free years would be saved for use when windstorms eventually hit. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 People should avoid being outside around tree branches and stay in the lower levels of their home during the windstorm, officials said. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2024 First, a windstorm blows in, so powerful that roof after roof is torn from its joists and sails off into the night; the few brave souls who venture outdoors fill their pockets with iron and brass to keep from being swept away. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 18 Dec. 2023 Wallace was like a tightrope walker in a windstorm, twisting out of four tackles, nearly face-planting before regaining his footing, and finally breaking free down the sideline before leaping sideways into the end zone as if clearing a high-jump bar. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2023 During windstorms, the trunks of falling trees take bites out of walls, and their limbs whisk stones down to the soil. Robert Thorson, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 The threat is particularly acute for Californians in high fire risk areas, where electric utilities have been preemptively shutting off power during windstorms. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2023 When a windstorm hits, simply wheel the greenhouse into a garage or shed and wait for the storm to pass. Rachel Center, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 June 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'windstorm.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of windstorm was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near windstorm

Cite this Entry

“Windstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


wind·​storm -ˌstȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce windstorm (audio)
: a storm with strong wind and little or no rain

More from Merriam-Webster on windstorm

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!