[ doun-burst ]

  1. a strong downward current of air from a cumulonimbus cloud, often associated with intense thunderstorms.

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British Dictionary definitions for downburst


/ (ˈdaʊnˌbɜːst) /

  1. a very high-speed downward movement of turbulent air in a limited area for a short time. Near the ground it spreads out from its centre with high horizontal velocities: Also called: microburst

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Scientific definitions for downburst


[ dounbûrst′ ]

  1. An extremely powerful downward air current from a cumulonimbus cloud, typically associated with thunderstorm activity. Downbursts can produce effects that resemble those brought about by tornadoes.

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