a storm with heavy wind but little or no precipitation.

Origin of windstorm

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at wind1, storm Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for windstorm

cyclone, tornado, twister, squall, gale, typhoon, hurricane

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British Dictionary definitions for windstorm



a storm consisting of violent winds
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windstorm in Science



A storm with high winds or violent gusts but little or no rain. Winds with speeds up to 241 km (149 mi) per hour have been recorded during windstorms. See also tornado.
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