Definition of gust in US English:

gust

noun

  • 1A brief, strong rush of wind.

    • ‘Wind gusts up to 183 mph were measured at the Blue Hill observatory outside Boston.’
    • ‘Although some gusts were as strong as a hurricane the average wind speed was only sufficient to classify the storm as a severe gale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A strong gust of wind came out of nowhere and the fire went out.’
    • ‘As the players went back on to the court there were incredibly strong gusts of wind blowing through the stadium.’
    • ‘An unusual feature of the month was the frequency of strong winds, with gale gusts recorded at most stations.’
    • ‘A strong gust of wind blew a small cloud of dirt into their air, and she shielded her eyes.’
    • ‘Some crickets were chirping quietly and a few gusts of wind would rush past us every now and then.’
    • ‘Strong gusts of wind rattled the shutters in their frames, driving the rain against the slate roof with such vigour it sounded like hail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That meant it could safely be assumed the strongest gusts would affect Northern France and the Low Countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With gusts of up to 180 miles per hour, Commonwealth Bay is often the windiest place on earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Horsemen were greeted by temperatures in the 40s, heavy rain, and wind gusts of nearly 40 miles per hour on Tuesday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind that day turned from a light breeze to fierce gusts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we've had some wind gusts and squally weather here but nothing has been damaged.’
    flurry, blast, puff, blow, rush, squall
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    1. 1.1 A burst of something such as rain, sound, or emotion.
      ‘gusts of rain lashed down the narrow alleys’
      • ‘The opera unleashes powerful gusts of physical energy onstage.’
      • ‘Sudden gusts of drama like this add boldness to Taylor's mainly lyrical choreography.’
      • ‘My companion boldly opened a door in the opposite wall while I hid behind him, and a gust of fog rolled out.’
      • ‘They are pictured as happy students borne aloft on gusts of mirth from their adoring audiences.’
      • ‘It then shows a bright flash accompanied by a loud bang and gusts of black smoke.’
      • ‘It's an idea she greets with a huge gust of approving Chicagoan laughter.’
      • ‘And is there not a gust of impatience with the congregation to be detected behind the ‘ordinary kind of guy prime minister’ act?’
      • ‘Knight's metaphysical speculations on his cosmic insignificance are interrupted by gusts of rain which bite into his flesh like ‘cold needles’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a moment in between the gusts of snow, he thought he caught a glimpse of mountain peaks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A gust of relatively cool air greeted her, and she inhaled deeply of the scent of the trees and the earth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With her legs curled under her on a sofa, she is relaxed enough to punctuate the conversation with sudden gusts of wild laughter.’
      • ‘He turned on the heat as high as it would go, and an alarming gust of hot air burst through the broken vents.’
      • ‘The soccer player let out an explosive gust of air and hurled the ball at the ceiling again.’
      • ‘It's the same as stepping into a foyer of a building and feeling the gust of air-conditioning when you open the door.’
      • ‘Apart from the slap of a ball hitting a receiver's gloves and an occasional gust of laughter, there was barely a sound.’
      outburst, burst, outbreak, gale, effusion, eruption, explosion, storm, surge, peal, howl, hoot, shriek, roar
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verb

[no object]
  • (of the wind) blow in gusts.

    ‘the wind was gusting through the branches of the tree’
    • ‘The northerly wind gusted almost to gale force and whipped the snow into drifts three to four feet deep on the Wolds.’
    • ‘They winced as a cold and blustery autumn wind gusted into their exposed and unprotected faces.’
    • ‘Winds there gusted to 77 miles an hour, damaging roofs, blowing down trees and fanning several fires.’
    • ‘Winds gusting up to 100 mph hit much of England and Wales, cutting off supplies to two million customers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind was gusting between force 8 and 9 but they managed to reach the drifting vessel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As she walked back to the house, the wind gusted, and her hair tumbled about her shoulders.’
    • ‘The wind gets up, gusting in from the Atlantic and rain starts to lash the windows.’
    • ‘The ship was taking on big swells, and the wind was gusting across the deck.’
    • ‘A brittle wind gusted through the trees that surrounded the small hamlet, barely rustling the leaves.’
    • ‘Winds gusting against a brawny sprinter riding a disc-wheel bike at 60 kph round a high bend are a recipe for disaster.’
    • ‘Winds gusting up to 100 mph felled hundreds of trees, tore roofs from houses, and blocked roads in southern North Island.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It started off as a clear, cold day but with moderate winds gusting from 15 to 20 knots.’
    • ‘The wind gusted, making the water slightly choppy, but otherwise it was a fine day.’
    • ‘Part of the roof of the mill in Ballisodare fell off in the gale force winds which gusted up to 70 mph.’
    bluster, flurry, blow, blast, roar
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Old Norse gustr, related to gjósa ‘to gush’.

Pronunciation

gust

/ɡəst//ɡəst/