black squall

[ blak-skwawl ]

  1. a squall accompanied by very dark clouds and usually heavy rain: Daylight all but vanished as the black squall raced across the lake toward our campsite.

Origin of black squall

First recorded in 1820–25

Words Nearby black squall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use black squall in a sentence

  • He saw a silent black squall which had eaten up already one-third of the sky.

    Lord Jim | Joseph Conrad
  • Keeping low in the water, they floated on down in the black squall of wind and rain which now came on them.

  • All nature seems invigorated by this short battle of the elements and to be indebted to the bounty of the black squall.

    The Solomon Islands and Their Natives | H. B. (Henry Brougham) Guppy
  • Behind that was wind, a summer gale, the black squall dreaded by the Siwashes.

    Big Timber | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • It was a new moon; and a heavy black squall gathering over the coast increased the profound darkness of the night.

    A Set of Six | Joseph Conrad