wind·​swept | \ˈwin(d)-ˌswept \

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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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 But even Syndergaard, the mighty Thor, could not venture past the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at windswept Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Want to See the Starting Pitcher? Don’t Arrive Late," 4 Apr. 2018 His lord was the Khan of Madiganistan, the thin and wizened absolute ruler of the economic wasteland and the dry, windswept plains that were once called Illinois. John Kass,, "The Khan of Madiganistan keeps his head by severing another's," 7 June 2018 There are no trees, barely even any vegetation to provide a sliver of shade on this windswept road running along the Yemeni coast. Ben Wedeman, Gabriel Chaim And Waffa Munayyer, CNN, "A trek from poverty through a war zone they knew nothing about," 10 June 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Deep azure waters, windswept beaches, 21 islands strung together like jewels on a necklace, sandstone cliffs, mystical caves. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 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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