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  1. a growth of trees, a structure of boards, or the like, serving as a shelter from the wind.

Origin of windbreak

First recorded in 1765–75; wind1 + break
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Examples from the Web for windbreak

Historical Examples

  • In the sea every peninsula is a breakwater: on land every grove is a windbreak.

    The Spell of the Rockies

    Enos A. Mills

  • You must have a windbreak of cloth leanto, boughs, or rocks.

    Touring Afoot

    Claude Powell Fordyce

  • I believe a windbreak is essential, and would make it of Osage orange, maple, or cottonwood.

    The Apple


  • I have a windbreak on the south side made of Osage orange, to keep the hot winds off.

    The Apple


  • I believe a windbreak is essential, and like Russian mulberry planted on the south and west.

    The Apple


British Dictionary definitions for windbreak


  1. a fence, line of trees, etc, serving as a protection from the wind by breaking its force
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Word Origin and History for windbreak


also wind-break, "row of trees, etc., to break the force of the wind," 1861, American English, from wind (n.1) + break (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper