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gust1

[guhst] /gʌst/
noun
1.
a sudden, strong blast of wind.
2.
a sudden rush or burst of water, fire, smoke, sound, etc.
3.
an outburst of passionate feeling.
verb (used without object)
4.
to blow or rush in gusts.
Origin of gust1
1580-1590
1580-90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust
Related forms
gustless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See wind1 .

gust2

[guhst] /gʌst/
noun
1.
Archaic. flavor or taste.
2.
Obsolete. enjoyment or gratification.
verb (used with object)
3.
Scot. to taste; savor.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin gustus a tasting (of food), eating a little, akin to gustāre to taste
Related forms
gustable, adjective, noun
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Examples from the web for gust
  • 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

gust

/ɡʌst/
noun
1.
a sudden blast of wind
2.
a sudden rush of smoke, sound, etc
3.
an outburst of emotion
verb (intransitive)
4.
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
n.

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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