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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
First recorded in 1765-75; sand + storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Before the sun had set in the red glow of a sandstorm the desert was staked for miles.

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
  • They were dry from age, having probably been uncovered by a sandstorm.

    Captured by the Arabs James H. Foster
  • She knew just what a sandstorm meant on the western prairies.

    The Ranch Girls at Home Again Margaret Vandercook
  • In the first flurry of sandstorm, it had clogged, burned out and died.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • In the late afternoon of the third day of our journeying we drove into a sandstorm.

    "Fin Tireur" Robert Hichens
  • The best that I could hope for was being smothered in a sandstorm.

    Mr. Fortescue William Westall
  • No sandstorm ever fills up the hollows, or carries away the ridges.

  • Finally Assad is banished to the desert, where he is overwhelmed by a sandstorm.

    The Opera R.A. Streatfeild
  • No cloud appeared A sandstorm, however disagreeable, would have been welcomed as a change.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for sandstorm


a strong wind that whips up clouds of sand, esp in a desert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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