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[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
1580-1590
1580-90; < Old Norse gustr a gust, akin to gjōsa, gusa to gust
Related forms
gustless, adjective
Synonyms
1. See wind1 .
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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 most gustless

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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Encyclopedia Article for most gustless

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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