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[guhst] /gʌst/
a sudden, strong blast of wind.
a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
an outburst of passionate feeling.
verb (used without object)
to blow or rush in gusts.
1580-90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust
Related forms
gustless, adjective
1. See wind1 .


[guhst] /gʌst/
Archaic. flavor or taste.
Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
verb (used with object)
Scot. to taste; savor.
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin gustus a tasting (of food), eating a little, akin to gustāre to taste
Related forms
gustable, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But this power source can be a bit fickle: today it might gust, while tomorrow could bring barely a breeze.
  • Caught in a gust of wind, a cloud of gray ash eddied through the car.
  • Two days before the sky show, a gust of solar wind had blasted off from the sun.
  • The devices pumped constant streams of air into their noses so a gust of odor would not wake them.
  • Some say a gust of wind, but some think trace amounts of water can play a role.
  • If a gust of wind blows through, it can send the circulating air spinning horizontally, triggering a dust devil.
  • The tires are also designed to temporarily slip if a wind gust causes the flywheel to suddenly speed up.
  • But then a stronger gust of wind sweeps the balloon over the edge.
  • The impetuous fury of the entering gust nearly lifted us from our feet.
  • They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit's tread.
British Dictionary definitions for gust


a sudden blast of wind
a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
an outburst of emotion
verb (intransitive)
to blow in gusts: the wind was gusting to more than 50 mph
Word Origin
C16: from Old Norse gustr; related to gjōsa to gush; see geyser
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Word Origin and History for gust

1580s, possibly a dialectal survival from Old Norse gustr "a cold blast of wind" (related to gusa "to gush, spurt") or Old High German gussa "flood," both from Proto-Germanic *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (2)). Probably originally in English as a nautical term. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Gusted; gusting.

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Encyclopedia Article for gust

in meteorology, a sudden increase in wind speed above the average wind speed. It is briefer than a squall and usually lasts 20 seconds or less. Air turbulence around an obstacle causes gusts; they occur frequently over buildings and irregular ground and are less frequent over water. The term gust also denotes a sudden change in wind speed relative to a flying aircraft.

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