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[sand-stawrm] /ˈsændˌstɔrm/
a windstorm, especially in a desert, that blows along great clouds of sand (distinguished from dust storm).
Origin of sandstorm
1765-75; sand + storm Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sandstorm
  • Sadly, these little dinosaurs were buried alive, probably by a sandstorm.
  • Each sample was exposed to the lab-generated sandstorm for five minutes and then weighed to find out how badly it had been eroded.
  • Through the window, the darkening sky geared up for another sandstorm.
  • He called every other day, the sound of artillery or of a raging sandstorm in the background.
  • Halfway across the desert, a terribly sandstorm struck, separating your party from the rest of the caravan.
  • The small giraffe's vision is blurred by the sandstorm.
  • On this night-the final night-a fog swirled across the desert, as thick and impenetrable as a sandstorm.
  • The sandstorm we've experienced is only the second one in the last six weeks.
  • Here you have a variety of desert scenes, including a sandstorm and a flood.
  • To prove his worth, he subjects himself to all sorts of dangers in the desert, including a deadly sandstorm.
British Dictionary definitions for sandstorm


a strong wind that whips up clouds of sand, esp in a desert
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sandstorm in Science
A strong wind that carries clouds of sand and dust through the air. Most of the particles in a sandstorm are between 0.08 and 1 mm (0.0032 and 0.04 inches) in size. Sandstorms usually are limited to within 3 m (10 ft) of the ground, rarely getting more than 15 m (49 ft) high. They develop in desert areas where loose sand can be stirred up by wind. Most sandstorms occur during the day when the Earth's surface heats up and dissipate at night as it cools.
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