1 [guhst]
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

gustless, adjective

1. See wind1. Unabridged


2 [guhst]
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

gustable, adjective, noun Unabridged
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gust (ɡʌst)
1.  a sudden blast of wind
2.  a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
3.  an outburst of emotion
4.  to blow in gusts: the wind was gusting to more than 50 mph
[C16: from Old Norse gustr; related to gjōsa to gush; see geyser]

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Word Origin & History

1588, possibly a dial. survival from O.N. gustr "a cold blast of wind," or O.H.G. gussa "flood," both from P.Gmc. *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour." Probably originally in Eng. as a nautical term.
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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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Example sentences
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.
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