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[wind-breyk] /ˈwɪndˌbreɪk/
a growth of trees, a structure of boards, or the like, serving as a shelter from the wind.
Origin of windbreak
1765-75; wind1 + break Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windbreak
  • And the traditional windbreak row of evergreens west of the house is still a good idea.
  • We will discuss the basic principles of windbreaks and windbreak design.
  • Where space permits, a windbreak of five rows of trees and shrubs is recommended.
  • Funds will be use to offset the landowners' cost of windbreak renovation.
  • The planned windbreak must create a visual barrier between the road or residence and the animal feeding operation.
  • Based upon its density and height, it has the potential as a windbreak plant for irrigated cropland.
  • The hairy leaves of sagebrush work as a windbreak to slow down evaporation from leaves.
  • Trees can provide refreshing shade and a windbreak for campers.
British Dictionary definitions for windbreak


a fence, line of trees, etc, serving as a protection from the wind by breaking its force
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Word Origin and History for windbreak

also wind-break, "row of trees, etc., to break the force of the wind," 1861, American English, from wind (n.1) + break (n.).

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