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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It likes a well-drained soil, and a windbreak in windy, cold areas.
▪ It makes a good windbreak too as it filters the wind, rather than encouraging destructive eddies.
▪ Nearby, several rocks have been piled up as if intended to make a rudimentary windbreak or wall.
▪ The ground dipped between two minor cliffs, and the architect must have figured they would make swell windbreaks.
▪ They were a little reluctant to do this, but knew that it would provide an essential rapidly growing windbreak.
▪ Tree belts are also more effective windbreaks, and provide more protection from the glare of low sun than mounds or fences.
▪ Turn sharp left 80yds before a conifer windbreak.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

also wind-break, "row of trees, etc., to break the force of the wind," 1861, American English, from wind (n.1) + break (n.).


n. 1 (context agriculture English) a hedge, fence or row of trees positioned to reduce wind damage to crops 2 a sheet or stack of material used to protect people or fire from wind


n. hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion [syn: shelterbelt]


A windbreak or shelterbelt is a plantation usually made up of one or more rows of trees or shrubs planted in such a manner as to provide shelter from the wind and to protect soil from erosion. They are commonly planted around the edges of fields on farms. If designed properly, windbreaks around a home can reduce the cost of heating and cooling and save energy. Windbreaks are also planted to help keep snow from drifting onto roadways and even yards. Other benefits include providing habitat for wildlife and in some regions the trees are harvested for wood products.

Windbreaks and intercropping can be combined in a farming practice referred to as alleycropping. Fields are planted in rows of different crops surrounded by rows of trees. These trees provide fruit, wood, or protect the crops from the wind. Alley cropping has been particularly successful in India, Africa, and Brazil, where coffee growers have combined farming and forestry.

A further use for a shelterbelt is to screen a farm from a main road or motorway. This improves the farm landscape by reducing the visual incursion of the motorway, mitigating noise from the traffic and providing a safe barrier between farm animals and the road.

The term "windbreak" is also used to describe an article of clothing worn to prevent wind chill. Americans tend to use the term " windbreaker" whereas Europeans favor the term "windbreak".

Fences called "windbreaks" are also used. Normally made from cotton, nylon, canvas, and recycled sails, windbreaks tend to have three or more panels held in place with poles that slide into pockets sewn into the panel. The poles are then hammered into the ground and a windbreak is formed. Windbreaks or "wind fences" are used to reduce wind speeds over erodible areas such as open fields, industrial stockpiles, and dusty industrial operations. As erosion is proportional to wind speed cubed a reduction of wind speed of 1/2 (for example) will reduce erosion by over 80%.

Usage examples of "windbreak".

Maynooth, I was drowsy, floating uneasily between waking and sleeping across the rolling miles of bogland, past windbreaks of pale trees and haggard-looking farmhouses with empty eyes.

The quince and apple trees stood almost leafless now, the pear boughs had long since stretched naked against the sky, but beside them, as a windbreak, stood a line of ancient candlebark gum trees, as green as ever.

The slidewalk came to a halt at a four-level intersection, and we stepped into the downflow and floated back down to street level, then stepped onto the expresswalk, stood behind the transparent windbreak, and secured our feet, then waited while the inevitable indecisive passenger delayed us for almost a full minute while deciding which windbreak to stand behind.

Then we talked about the garden for a while and Doc pointed to an overgrown hedge of krans aloe which he had originally used as a windbreak and which was now beginning to intrude into the garden.

Moonlight traced lighter streaks across dark ploughland and pasture, where the long windbreaks of cypress and eucalyptus caught and shaded snow.

After he had found himself beyond the first stand of windbreak trees, which had now acquired a mammoth windbreak snowdrift with a few green strands of pine needles sticking through on the leeward side, he had spread out his cloak on the snow and lain down upon it to rest for a few minutes - moving through thigh-high snow was hard and sweaty work - and when he finally stopped panting, he had strapped the brezeneden to his overboots, and started to walk.

Trees made a windbreak about the settlement: native delphi and rahab, Terran oak and acacia, Llynathawrian rasmin, Ythrian hammerbranch.

Walbushes had been trained to make a circular windbreak, and their rhizomes formed crude steps enabling one to look over the top for near-horizon observations.

Lancelot Guardians of the Faith had the good fortune to traverse farmland lined with woody windbreaks, the kind of terrain in which the Kingdomites, not the Skinks, had the advantage.

Along the length of the cyl inder she could see clearly only a few hundred meters, be cause windbreaks of saplings or bushes separated the fields.

When he opened the trunk to stow my luggage there was already a windbreak and a parasol in there, and something that looked suspiciously like a child's boogie board.

We bedded him down in the back of the Toyota on the camel hair cloth that had served as a windbreak and on a couple of djellabas.

Much sooner than he expected, the airplane appeared above the cedar tree windbreak in a slow, incredibly steep climb.

Beyond the windbreak of giant eucalyptuses, the wild canyon to the east lay in unrelieved blackness.

A thicket of intermixed pine and fir provided a thick, resinous windbreak and firewood in plenty, a small stream offered fresh water, and Bahzell accepted the Spearman's suggestion with gratitude.