from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An exceedingly strong gust of wind.
  • n. The damaging effect of air friction on a pilot ejected from a high-speed aircraft.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden rush of air or gas due to the collapse of a void, especially in mining.


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  • We were on a back road flanked by saguaros and wildflowers, notched saguaros, pecked by birds that nested there, and then we reached the interstate and edged into the windblast of streaming traffic.


  • The windblast it flung out snapped grown trees at the base, tossed canoes end over end, and knocked nearly every man on the shore flat on the sand and gravel.

    Conan and The Gods of The Mountain

  • But the report says he suffered fatal blunt force trauma due to the aircraft's speed and windblast.

    Examiner California Headlines

  • He quickly realized his helmet and mask had been ripped off by the windblast.

    Lead Stories from AOL

  • At three hundred and fifty I blew the canopy off and triggered the seat and felt the cartridge fire and thought Christ we're hit and then the windblast sent me whirling in the sky and in the middle of a visual sequence I saw the Finback and the long thin missile dosing on it in the final seconds before the detonation boomed and the shockwave kicked me away and fragments came fluting through the smoke of the sunburst that had been the aircraft, picking at my body and whining past and picking again until I felt the jerk of the harness as the main chute deployed, a sense of life after death and the reek of chemicals, a glimpse of a torn panel turning like a falling leaf, a numbness creeping and then cold, intense cold, embalming the consciousness.

    The Sinkiang Executive


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