a storm with heavy wind but little or no precipitation.

1350–1400; Middle English; see wind1, storm Unabridged
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windstorm (ˈwɪndˌstɔːm)
a storm consisting of violent winds

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windstorm   (wĭnd'stôrm')  Pronunciation Key 
A storm with high winds or violent gusts but little or no rain. Winds with speeds up to 241 km (149 mi) per hour have been recorded during windstorms. See also tornado.
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a wind that is strong enough to cause at least light damage to trees and buildings and may or may not be accompanied by precipitation. Wind speeds during a windstorm typically exceed 55 km (34 miles) per hour. Wind damage can be attributed to gusts (short bursts of high-speed winds) or longer periods of stronger sustained winds. Although tornadoes and tropical cyclones also produce wind damage, they are usually classified separately

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What differentiates a blizzard from a mere windstorm is the drifting snow.
We might have a better chance of detecting a fart in a windstorm.
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