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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. 2018.
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  • In the late afternoon of the third day of our journeying we drove into a sandstorm.

    "Fin Tireur" Robert Hichens
  • They had come to destruction, off the Great Desert, fleeing before a sandstorm.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • No sandstorm ever fills up the hollows, or carries away the ridges.

  • They were dry from age, having probably been uncovered by a sandstorm.

    Captured by the Arabs

    James H. Foster
  • "sandstorm" warned the Desert Rat, and spoke quickly to the mozo in Spanish.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • You told a tale of a sandstorm and of having been separated from two Indians you had employed.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • In the first flurry of sandstorm, it had clogged, burned out and died.

    Shock Treatment Stanley Mullen
  • She knew just what a sandstorm meant on the western prairies.

    The Ranch Girls at Home Again Margaret Vandercook
  • The best that I could hope for was being smothered in a sandstorm.

    Mr. Fortescue

    William Westall
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.
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