Definition of gust in English:



  • 1A sudden strong rush of wind.

    • ‘With gusts of up to 180 miles per hour, Commonwealth Bay is often the windiest place on earth.’
    • ‘That meant it could safely be assumed the strongest gusts would affect Northern France and the Low Countries.’
    • ‘Horsemen were greeted by temperatures in the 40s, heavy rain, and wind gusts of nearly 40 miles per hour on Tuesday.’
    • ‘A strong gust of wind came out of nowhere and the fire went out.’
    • ‘Last night, as strong gusts and heavy squalls hit the east coast, yachts were ripped from their moorings and more than half a million homes and businesses were left without power.’
    • ‘Although some gusts were as strong as a hurricane the average wind speed was only sufficient to classify the storm as a severe gale.’
    • ‘A strong gust of wind blew a small cloud of dirt into their air, and she shielded her eyes.’
    • ‘And we've had some wind gusts and squally weather here but nothing has been damaged.’
    • ‘The wind that day turned from a light breeze to fierce gusts.’
    • ‘All of a sudden the sky went from red to black and a strong gust of wind estimated at about 100 knots blew fist-sized embers into the yard, setting it ablaze.’
    • ‘The strongest gusts recorded in Great Britain during the storm were 115 mph at Shoreham, 108 mph at Dover and 106 mph at Ashford in Kent.’
    • ‘By the time she was back, ominous gusts of wind - strong enough to blow one's cap off - were swirling, and the occasional thunderclap shook the stadium.’
    • ‘Strong gusts of wind rattled the shutters in their frames, driving the rain against the slate roof with such vigour it sounded like hail.’
    • ‘In the course of yesterday's failed landing there was a storm - with lightning and strong wind gusts - in the Toronto airport area at the time.’
    • ‘An unusual feature of the month was the frequency of strong winds, with gale gusts recorded at most stations.’
    • ‘These systems are intended to protect the workers in case of sudden wind gusts and to protect the investment of time and money already expended on the built wall.’
    • ‘As the players went back on to the court there were incredibly strong gusts of wind blowing through the stadium.’
    • ‘Some crickets were chirping quietly and a few gusts of wind would rush past us every now and then.’
    • ‘Winds, initially between the North East and South East in direction, are to reach speeds of between 45 and 55 miles per hour with gusts of up to 70 or 80 mph.’
    • ‘Wind gusts up to 183 mph were measured at the Blue Hill observatory outside Boston.’
    flurry, blast, puff, blow, rush, squall
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    1. 1.1A sudden burst of something such as rain, sound, or emotion.
      ‘gusts of rain and snow flurried through the open door’
      • ‘A gust of relatively cool air greeted her, and she inhaled deeply of the scent of the trees and the earth.’
      • ‘Sudden gusts of drama like this add boldness to Taylor's mainly lyrical choreography.’
      • ‘And is there not a gust of impatience with the congregation to be detected behind the ‘ordinary kind of guy prime minister’ act?’
      • ‘The soccer player let out an explosive gust of air and hurled the ball at the ceiling again.’
      • ‘It's a place with endless noise, endless traffic and constant gusts of exhaust on those days when rainwater is not washing over the kerb.’
      • ‘It then shows a bright flash accompanied by a loud bang and gusts of black smoke.’
      • ‘He is too grounded to be carried away by gusts of extreme declarations.’
      • ‘As it turned out, and to gusts of relief within Number 10, rather the reverse happened.’
      • ‘It's the same as stepping into a foyer of a building and feeling the gust of air-conditioning when you open the door.’
      • ‘He turned on the heat as high as it would go, and an alarming gust of hot air burst through the broken vents.’
      • ‘It's an idea she greets with a huge gust of approving Chicagoan laughter.’
      • ‘Knight's metaphysical speculations on his cosmic insignificance are interrupted by gusts of rain which bite into his flesh like ‘cold needles’.’
      • ‘The opera unleashes powerful gusts of physical energy onstage.’
      • ‘With her legs curled under her on a sofa, she is relaxed enough to punctuate the conversation with sudden gusts of wild laughter.’
      • ‘Apart from the slap of a ball hitting a receiver's gloves and an occasional gust of laughter, there was barely a sound.’
      • ‘For a moment in between the gusts of snow, he thought he caught a glimpse of mountain peaks.’
      • ‘It was a bright, breezy day at Ballybunion, with occasional gusts of salty rain, and Garcia made the most of any chances he was given.’
      • ‘My companion boldly opened a door in the opposite wall while I hid behind him, and a gust of fog rolled out.’
      • ‘All this seasonal picture-painting is, by the way, supposed to distract me from the fact that it is in fact belting down great gusts of rain outside my window right now.’
      • ‘They are pictured as happy students borne aloft on gusts of mirth from their adoring audiences.’
      outburst, burst, outbreak, gale, effusion, eruption, explosion, storm, surge, peal, howl, hoot, shriek, roar
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  • (of the wind) blow in gusts.

    ‘the wind was gusting through the branches of the tree’
    • ‘It started off as a clear, cold day but with moderate winds gusting from 15 to 20 knots.’
    • ‘Winds gusting up to 100 mph felled hundreds of trees, tore roofs from houses, and blocked roads in southern North Island.’
    • ‘A brittle wind gusted through the trees that surrounded the small hamlet, barely rustling the leaves.’
    • ‘Winds gusting up to 100 mph hit much of England and Wales, cutting off supplies to two million customers.’
    • ‘The ship was taking on big swells, and the wind was gusting across the deck.’
    • ‘North Yorkshire Police and highways staff had to deal with a succession of lorries blown over as winds gusted to 95 mph across the A1, A1M, A19 and A66.’
    • ‘As she walked back to the house, the wind gusted, and her hair tumbled about her shoulders.’
    • ‘Floridians are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Wilma, whose winds are now gusting at about 150 miles an hour.’
    • ‘Winds gusting up to 75 mph brought chaos to parts of the north west - but luck was on the side of those who got caught up in the mayhem.’
    • ‘Part of the roof of the mill in Ballisodare fell off in the gale force winds which gusted up to 70 mph.’
    • ‘The northerly wind gusted almost to gale force and whipped the snow into drifts three to four feet deep on the Wolds.’
    • ‘The second half of the month was dominated by high winds, which gusted up to 99 mph at Malin Head in the Irish Republic and 82 mph at Edinburgh Airport.’
    • ‘Winds there gusted to 77 miles an hour, damaging roofs, blowing down trees and fanning several fires.’
    • ‘We were going to run more this afternoon, but with the wind gusting like it is, we decided it wasn't worth taking a chance.’
    • ‘The wind gets up, gusting in from the Atlantic and rain starts to lash the windows.’
    • ‘The wind gusted, making the water slightly choppy, but otherwise it was a fine day.’
    • ‘She and her craft spent 10 hours in the grip of a storm with winds gusting up to 70 mph and mountainous seas which hurled her around the cabin.’
    • ‘Winds gusting against a brawny sprinter riding a disc-wheel bike at 60 kph round a high bend are a recipe for disaster.’
    • ‘The wind was gusting between force 8 and 9 but they managed to reach the drifting vessel.’
    • ‘They winced as a cold and blustery autumn wind gusted into their exposed and unprotected faces.’
    bluster, flurry, blow, blast, roar
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Late 16th century: from Old Norse gustr, related to gjósa to gush.