Definition of windbreak in US English:



  • A thing, such as a row of trees or a fence, wall, or screen, that provides shelter or protection from the wind.

    • ‘It's also a good time to modify the microclimates where you can - by planting hedges for windbreaks or trees for shade - or to move struggling plants from an unfavorable area to a better one.’
    • ‘He said the tin sheets are a temporary windbreak to shelter new fir tree saplings, planted to replace trees mysteriously felled a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘We also had to deal with terrifically dry easterly winds, so building windbreaks and planting hedges were a top priority.’
    • ‘Along with the hardwood trees and windbreaks, Bari and Lou have planted an orchard, constructed a nursery and greenhouse, and started preparing four acres for annual market crops.’
    • ‘But as you rise, the air becomes cooler and you find yourself in hanging river valleys where the mountains widen into a cascade of terraces with groves of orange and citrus trees protected by windbreaks of cypress.’
    • ‘In an exposed garden, it is worth putting up a temporary windbreak to protect the cuttings from drying winds.’
    • ‘These cedar louvers are also sun shades and windbreaks, and they provide the gardens with visual privacy.’
    • ‘Greg passed on snow survival techniques, which include digging trenches to create windbreaks and making snow caves for overnight shelter if you become stranded.’
    • ‘They can act as a windbreak, screen unsightly areas, and provide shade where needed.’
    • ‘By providing a windbreak, trees (especially evergreens) also help reduce individual heating bills by up to 30 percent.’
    • ‘Use a windbreak to protect unclad limbs from chronic goosepimpling and to stake out your territory so that other families don't stray too close.’
    • ‘Add ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vine-covered arbors to act as windbreaks, rain shelters and sleeping quarters.’
    • ‘Trees that can be used as windbreaks are Casuarina equistifolia, Greillea robusta, Artocarpus hirsute, Eucalyptus, Acacia auriculiformis and Carissa carandus.’
    • ‘An example is the microclimate produced by screening with tall evergreens to provide a windbreak or shade.’
    • ‘The foresters can also recommend suitable trees for windbreaks in your area.’
    • ‘The house was on the flat ground and was surrounded by a windbreak of trees.’
    • ‘This section of fence is not entirely solid - we're hoping it will act as a windbreak, softening the wind rather than blocking it completely and causing turbulence on the garden side.’
    • ‘Everywhere I looked there were families sheltering together behind windbreaks, sharing picnics.’
    • ‘Evergreen trees have dense green foliage that suits them for planting as privacy screens, windbreaks or backdrops for flowering trees and shrubs.’
    • ‘The detrimental effects of wind on vines are described under wind stress; installing windbreaks can provide a solution.’
    barrier, paling, railing, rail, bar, hurdle, enclosure
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