- a storm of strong winds and dust-filled air over an extensive area during a period of drought over normally arable land (distinguished from sandstorm).
Origin of dust storm
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called duster.
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Examples from the Web for dust storm
It had gone with the dust-storm and the tingle in the hot air.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
It is said that most Australian towns are acquainted with the dust-storm.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
During a dust-storm everybody has the appearance of a toiling hodman.Khartoum Campaign, 1898
At our next halting-place a dust-storm descended on our camp in the night.The Secrets of a Kuttite
Edward O. Mousley
Very wonderful was the first experience of this Greenland dust-storm.The Romance of Polar Exploration
G. Firth Scott
- a windstorm that whips up clouds of dust