gust

From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Nature
gustgust1 /ɡʌst/ noun [countable] 1 DNa sudden strong movement of wind, air, rain etcgust of A sudden gust of wind blew the door shut. Gusts of up to 200 kph may be experienced.2 gust of laughter
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gustThe downdraft began to buffet through the grasses and a gust now and again carried with it a light spray of rain.To Sherman it had no more meaning than a gust of wind.A gust of rage swept over him.A gust of wind blew our tent over.A gust of wind whipped the lacy hem of his alb around his legs, and he tugged it free.The air was drier and dustier and gathered itself into small gusts.It was raining outside and the gusts of cold, damp air were refreshing after the stale smokiness of the room.Between the gusts, the sound of rain on the roof and water pouring off it was continuous.Its berries glistened red under the burnish of the breeze, which came in uneasy gusts from the south and east.
Related topics: Nature
gustgust2 verb [intransitive] DNif the wind gusts, it blows strongly with sudden short movements winds gusting at up to 45 miles per hour
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gustThe fire below her ceased to gust and roar.It set up a moaning background noise that would occasionally gust into prominence, then lapse again to mere accompaniment.Winds were gusting up to 46 miles per hour.
Origin gust1 (1500-1600) Old Norse gustr