dust devil
noun Date: 1888 a small whirlwind containing sand or dust

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dust devil — dust ,devil noun count a small WHIRLWIND (=strong circular wind) that is common in hot dry parts of the U.S.. Dust devils are much smaller than tornadoes and do not usually cause damage …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dust devil — n. a small whirlwind that raises dust in a narrow column …   English World dictionary

  • Dust devil — For other uses, see Dust devil (disambiguation). A dust devil in Arizona …   Wikipedia

  • dust devil — noun a miniature whirlwind strong enough to whip dust and leaves and litter into the air • Hypernyms: ↑whirlwind * * * noun, pl ⋯ ils [count] chiefly US : a small area of rapidly spinning wind that contains sand or dust * * * ˈdust devil 7 [dust… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dust devil — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms dust devil : singular dust devil plural dust devils a small whirlwind (= strong circular wind) that is common in hot dry parts of the US. Dust devils are much smaller than tornadoes and do not usually cause… …   English dictionary

  • dust devil — noun A small atmospheric vortex appearing in clear, dry conditions, made visible by swirling dust picked up from the ground. A dust devil may look harmless, but a large one can overturn a car. Syn: willy willy …   Wiktionary

  • dust devil — dulkių audra statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Labai daug dulkių ir smėlio nešantis vėjas. Dažnos dykumose, pusdykumėse, stepėse. Dulkių srauto plotis gali siekti kelis šimtus kilometrų, greitis 40–60 km/h. Užnešami pasėliai,… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • dust devil — dust′ dev il n. mer a small whirlwind 10–100 ft. (3–30 m) in diameter and from several hundred to 1000 ft. (305 m) high, common in dry regions and made visible by the dust it picks up from the ground …   From formal English to slang

  • dust devil — a small whirlwind 10 100 ft. (3 30 m) in diameter and from several hundred to 1000 ft. (305 m) high, common in dry regions on hot, calm afternoons and made visible by the dust, debris, and sand it picks up from the ground. Also called dust whirl …   Universalium

  • dust devil — /ˈdʌst dɛvəl/ (say dust devuhl) noun a miniature whirlwind of considerable intensity that picks up dust and rubbish and carries it some distance into the air …   Australian English dictionary

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