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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a gust of wind
▪ A gust of wind rattled the window.
▪ The open savannah is marked by cattle trails that disappear whenever a strong gust of wind stirs up the dust.
▪ This is when there is the greatest risk of the glider being lifted off the ground by the first strong gust.
▪ A sudden gust of rain dashed against the red bricks that were already stained in patches by water.
▪ Came like a sudden gust of wind, banging doors in him, shaking him to his foundations.
▪ A sudden gust lifted his resplendent tartan for all to see ... a pair of blue briefs.
▪ And a host of other crewmen were injured as sudden gusts caused havoc during the racing off the Isle of Wight.
▪ Seawitch's stern swung round, her bow held fast by the anchor chain as a sudden gust of wind caught her.
▪ The lawn sprinklers had been switched on and from time to time the breeze blew a gust of spray in their faces.
▪ The biplane spun around horizontally, perhaps after being blown by a gust of wind.
▪ The wind blew the rain in gusts against her face and the branches shifted and swayed.
▪ 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.
▪ Between the gusts, the sound of rain on the roof and water pouring off it was continuous.
▪ It was raining outside and the gusts of cold, damp air were refreshing after the stale smokiness of the room.
▪ Its berries glistened red under the burnish of the breeze, which came in uneasy gusts from the south and east.
▪ The air was drier and dustier and gathered itself into small gusts.
▪ The 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.
▪ Winds were gusting up to 46 miles per hour.
▪ It set up a moaning background noise that would occasionally gust into prominence, then lapse again to mere accompaniment.
▪ The fire below her ceased to gust and roar.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Gust \Gust\, n. [L. gustus; cf. It. & Sp. gusto. [root]46.]

  1. The sense or pleasure of tasting; relish; gusto.

    An ox will relish the tender flesh of kids with as much gust and appetite.
    --Jer. Taylor.

  2. Gratification of any kind, particularly that which is exquisitely relished; enjoyment.

    Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust.

  3. Intellectual taste; fancy.

    A choice of it may be made according to the gust and manner of the ancients.


Gust \Gust\, v. t. [Cf. L. gustare, It. gustare, Sp. gustar. See GUST a relish.] To taste; to have a relish for. [Obs.]


Gust \Gust\ (g[u^]st), n. [Icel. gustr a cool breeze. Cf. Gush.]

  1. A sudden squall; a violent blast of wind; a sudden and brief rushing or driving of the wind.

    Snow, and hail, stormy gust and flaw.

  2. A sudden violent burst of passion.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, possibly a dialectal survival from Old Norse gustr "a cold blast of wind" (related to gusa "to gush, spurt") or Old High German gussa "flood," both from Proto-Germanic *gustiz, from PIE *gheus-, from root *gheu- "to pour" (see found (2)). Probably originally in English as a nautical term. As a verb, from 1813. Related: Gusted; gusting.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A strong, abrupt rush of wind. 2 Any rush or outburst (of water, emotion etc.). vb. (context intransitive English) To blow in gusts. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context archaic English) The physiological faculty of taste. 2 relish, enjoyment, appreciation. 3 Intellectual taste; fancy. vb. 1 (context obsolete transitive English) To taste. 2 (context obsolete transitive English) To have a relish for.


n. a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust" [syn: blast, blow]


Gust may refer to:

  • Gust, short blast of wind
  • Gust Corporation, a Japanese video game developer and publisher

Usage examples of "gust".

The wind gusted: canvas shook to a wind so hard and sand-edged it abraded his exposed hands.

The gusts grew stronger, throwing Acies up against the wall and holding him there.

One of those sudden storms of summer had blown up from the sea, and Peggy knew enough of Long Island weather to know that these disturbances were usually accompanied by terrific winds--squalls and gusts that no aeroplane yet built or thought of could hope to cope with.

She shrieked to the ravens that croaked from afar, And she sighed to the gusts of the wild sweeping wind.

At once the riding became easier, for the moment a gust of wind hit the machine on one side, the elevators and ailerons shifted and counteracted its uneven effect.

We had quite enough to do to prevent ourselves from being served in the same ruthless fashion, and now and then, in the more violent gusts of wind, were glad to stick our alpenstocks into the ice and hold on hard.

With a grunt, he went through to the grog-shop, whence were borne odours of sausage, ale, wine, tar and sweat on gusts of argument, laughter, bawdry and alleged song.

The breeze was coming in fitful gusts, sending the biplane first to one side and then to the other.

 As Martinez touched his lips with his glass, the front door boomed open and a gust of wind riffled papers on the side table.

A sudden gust, sweeping around the old house, battering the creaky walls and pressing the ancient beams that supported Haldrew Hall.

It was pretty country, even in the downpour, when white mists parted and fir-crowned heights looked out for a moment, or we slid down into a deep glen with mossy boulders, lichen-covered stumps, ferny carpet, and damp, balsamy smell of pyramidal cryptomeria, and a tawny torrent dashing through it in gusts of passion.

A wind got up, making Danseuse nervous, so that she became for a while a dancer indeed, shying at gusts.

Bonnets, drabblers, save-ails - the whole shooting-match - but even so he would have been caught if the privateer had not split her foresail in a late evening gust.

Riding swiftly, their black cloaks billowing in the gusts like the sails of a ghostly armada, the bandits swept down upon the village of Dunam, intending to strike them in the evening when, worn out from their long labors in the fields, the magi were settling down to rest.

Rita Clay Estrada The wind had grown from light breezes to stiff gusts.