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[wind-swept] /ˈwɪndˌswɛpt/
open or exposed to the wind:
a wind-swept beach.
Origin of wind-swept
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On that windswept shore was the skeleton of the man hung by Magellan years before.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • It was raining, the long stretches of salt marsh were windswept and brown and bleak.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • So our little faith keeps us in the boat, or fails us in the waves of that windswept sea.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
  • He passed through the airlock and out into the windswept desert.

    Starman's Quest Robert Silverberg
  • Carolyn reached out, brushed a windswept tuft of hair from above the rock-steady eyes that looked at her.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Some in Turkish waters, others by the windswept heights of Norway and the Dane!

    Vera Oscar Wilde
  • She had something of the same feeling now; a longing to leave her bed and go out onto the windswept prairie.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
British Dictionary definitions for windswept


open to or swept by the wind
another word for windblown (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for windswept

1932, originally of hair, from wind (n.1) + past participle of sweep.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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