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[wind-stawrm] /ˈwɪndˌstɔrm/
a storm with heavy wind but little or no precipitation.
Origin of windstorm
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at wind1, storm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Could that fountain pen have been carried away by the windstorm, too?

    Ruth Fielding Down East

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

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

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • The top had been broken off by a windstorm a year ago and ever since it had been seasoning.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • They came by fifties, or in clouds they came, swept by like a windstorm, and were gone.

  • 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]
  • Were it not for the receding city below him, Chick could have imagined himself sitting in a house while a windstorm tore by.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger.

  • 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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