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sandstorm

[sand-stawrm]
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noun
  1. a windstorm, especially in a desert, that blows along great clouds of sand (distinguished from dust storm).
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Origin of sandstorm

First recorded in 1765–75; sand + storm
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Related Words

sandstorm, devil, duster, harmattan, khamsin, samiel, shaitan, simoom, sirocco

Examples from the Web for sandstorm

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Historical Examples

  • In the late afternoon of the third day of our journeying we drove into a sandstorm.

    "Fin Tireur"

    Robert Hichens

  • They had come to destruction, off the Great Desert, fleeing before a sandstorm.

  • No sandstorm ever fills up the hollows, or carries away the ridges.

  • They were dry from age, having probably been uncovered by a sandstorm.

    Captured by the Arabs

    James H. Foster

  • "Sandstorm" warned the Desert Rat, and spoke quickly to the mozo in Spanish.

    The Long Chance

    Peter B. Kyne


British Dictionary definitions for sandstorm

sandstorm

noun
  1. a strong wind that whips up clouds of sand, esp in a desert
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sandstorm in Science

sandstorm

[săndstôrm′]
  1. A strong wind that carries clouds of sand and dust through the air. Most of the particles in a sandstorm are between 0.08 and 1 mm (0.0032 and 0.04 inches) in size. Sandstorms usually are limited to within 3 m (10 ft) of the ground, rarely getting more than 15 m (49 ft) high. They develop in desert areas where loose sand can be stirred up by wind. Most sandstorms occur during the day when the Earth's surface heats up and dissipate at night as it cools.
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