black squall

[ blak-skwawl ]

nounMeteorology.
  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

1
First recorded in 1820–25

Words Nearby black squall

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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