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[wind-stawrm] /ˈwɪndˌstɔrm/
a storm with heavy wind but little or no precipitation.
Origin of windstorm
1350-1400; Middle English; see wind1, storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.

  • Each might serve as an impressive symbolic statue of a windstorm.

  • In case of a windstorm, the middle bar will be the one to bend, while the bolts which pass through the limbs will remain intact.

    Studies of Trees Jacob Joshua Levison
  • Since it was only a windstorm, there was no rain to wash the air clean of the lethal dust.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • Now if Padre Diego had been preaching he would have ranted like a windstorm; but he would have made an impression.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • The top had been broken off by a windstorm a year ago and ever since it had been seasoning.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • There was a long silence, a pause in which the windstorm ceased, and the clouds of the loosed sands sunk.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • They came by fifties, or in clouds they came, swept by like a windstorm, and were gone.

  • Everybody seems to think that I am more destructive than a windstorm and that I am simply wasting apples.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for windstorm


a storm consisting of violent winds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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windstorm in Science
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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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