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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Following a tour of the South Korean side of the DMZ, which also took in a windswept guard post and a canteen where troops presented the president with a golfing outfit, Mr Trump strolled towards the dividing line in the truce village of Panmunjom. Seoul, The Economist, "Donald Trump meets Kim Jong Un on the border between South and North Korea," 30 June 2019 Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces. National Geographic, "Morocco Family Journey: Ancient Souks to the Sahara," 17 June 2019 On one, in a video documentation of her 1967 installation O Ovo (The Egg), Lygia Pape slowly pushes her way out of a cube of stretchy fabric on an empty, windswept beach. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "Returning the Gaze, with a Vengeance," 8 July 2018 Forget the needle-in-a-haystack cliché: Finding a human bone in the Nefud Desert—a windswept oval patch of sand dunes the size of Kentucky—is perhaps the world’s most impressive example of an unlikely find. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Rare 85,000-year-old Finger May Complicate Our Understanding of African Migration," 10 Apr. 2018 The whole look also happens to be right on trend with the summer 2019 aesthetic so popular in Hollywood right now: piece-y and windswept by design. Megan Decker,, "Kristen Bell Just Showed Us The Cutest Way To Style A Summer Bob," 20 June 2019 That changed in 2012, when a local diver found distinctively Neolithic pottery in the water around crannogs in the Outer Hebrides, the windswept islands off of Scotland’s western mainland. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists," 12 June 2019 In 2001, a few individuals were found clinging to life atop windswept Ball's Pyramid, a 551-meter-tall rocky sea stack 23 kilometers to the southwest. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 When the summer sky opens to a deluge of windswept water, threatening to blow the little nest to smithereens, Phoebe sticks her chest out and stands strong. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019

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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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