wind·​swept | \ ˈwin(d)-ˌswept How to pronounce windswept (audio) \

Definition of windswept

: swept by or as if by wind

Examples of windswept in a Sentence

The sailors looked windswept and tired.

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And adding volume to the mix, Fashion East served up tidal waves of windswept texture, frozen in place with heavy gel, of course. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 20 Feb. 2019 But on this unseasonably cold and windswept Sunday morning, something else was afoot. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forget lap times; this car control class makes teen drivers safer," 6 Nov. 2018 Perched in a world of windswept rock and ice, with little else around, the Spartan hotel feels like a lunar base merged with a Swiss chalet. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018 The windswept Shetlands lie less than 400 miles from the Arctic Circle, and their outermost isle, an uninhabited rocky outcrop called Out Stack, is the northernmost point of Britain. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "U.K. Maps Now Required to Give the Shetland Archipelago Some Respect," 15 Oct. 2018 The building, formerly known as the Master Printers Building, is across the street from the modern glass and steel towers rising in the sweeping Hudson Yards development from Related Cos. on what used to be 26 acres of windswept rail yards. Peter Grant, WSJ, "Real-Estate Firm Betting Big on Hudson Yards With New Deal," 2 Dec. 2018 Trace the Shoreline in Oregon Start in Wheeler, 85 miles west of Portland, and head south for 100 miles along the Beaver State’s windswept coast. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "6 Places to Stay Cool on Your Summer Vacation," 22 Jan. 2018 That so much springs from so little is the miracle of this windswept place, where the symphony of living creatures never stops. Andrew Evans,, "Feel the pull of the prairie on a uniquely American safari in Montana," 5 July 2018 Ten Years Taiwan kicks off on Lanyu, a small, windswept and underpopulated island off the eastern coast of Taiwan. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of windswept

1812, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of windswept

: exposed to strong winds
: made messy by the wind

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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