from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of windbreak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A clump of trees serving for a protection against the force of wind.
  • transitive v. To break the wind of; to cause to lose breath; to exhaust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To break the wind of. See wind-broken.
  • n. The breaking of trees by wind.
  • n. Something to break the force of the wind, as a hedge, a board fence, or a row of evergreen trees; any shelter from the wind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion


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  • A tattered tarpaulin, stretched as a wind-break, partially sheltered them from the driving snow.


  • Behind the pin was a service road that ran outside the wind-break of pines back to the clubhouse driveway.

    December 6

  • As he sat his black hunter in the shadows of a wind-break and watched the small cavalcade come thundering up Ashes 'Hill, Jack couldn't keep the smile from his face.

    A Lady of Expectations

  • They didn't seem to object to the wind-break and settled happily in the straw.

    Every living thing

  • Behind my wind-break, she put down an open-sided box with cushions inside.

    Every living thing

  • I went up the grassy slope and put up a sheet of plywood as a wind-break.

    Every living thing

  • They built their city behind the biggest wind-break they could find.

    The Tar-Aiym Krang

  • In the sheltered bowl trees grew, providing a wind-break for byre and barn and house, and partly screening the holding from view.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • The room was austerely furnished, like the rest of the house, but it looked out on the only side of the house where the view was unimpeded by some sort of wind-break, and shared the same stretch of veranda as the living room, which seemed very bare to Meggie with its cane furniture and lack of fabric.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Rawlings and I stamped our feet, flailed our arms across our chests, shivered non-stop, took what little shelter we could from the canvas wind-break, rubbed our goggles constantly to keep them clear, and never once, except when the ice spicules drove into our faces, stopped examining every quarter of the horizon.

    Ice Station Zebra


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