dust storm

or dust·storm

[ duhst-stawrm ]
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nounMeteorology.
  1. an occurrence of strong winds permeating the air with fine particles of dust over an extensive area of normally arable land during a period of drought: It was a time of danger and despair on the prairie, with one dust storm after another.

Origin of dust storm

1
First recorded in 1875–80

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How to use dust storm in a sentence

  • The PUMAs were sort of lost in the pixie dust storm of the Obama election.

    White Women Dump the Dems | Linda Hirshman | September 27, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "A dust-storm, probably," replied the colonel, as the weather had been dry and parching hot for several weeks past.

  • A dust-storm was raging, and we had some difficulty in finding our way through the network of trenches.

    War in the Garden of Eden | Kermit Roosevelt
  • It had been blowing a dust-storm all day, and on that account I hardly expected Gilmour, but now there was no doubt.

  • All that night a dust storm raged, succeeded next morning by torrential rain.

    Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan | Frances Halton Eva Hasell
  • It was only the other day, in a dust-storm away back near the Darling, as bad a one as ever I was out in.

    Stingaree | E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for dust storm

dust storm

noun
  1. a windstorm that whips up clouds of dust

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