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

  • n. A hedge, fence, or row of trees serving to lessen or break the force of the wind.

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  • n. a hedge, fence or row of trees positioned to reduce wind damage to crops
  • n. a sheet or stack of material used to protect people or fire from wind


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  • They too, were painted red, and there were some trees by them that Mr. Wood called his windbreak, because they kept the snow from drifting in the winter time.

    Beautiful Joe: An Autobiography

  • If you are considering a windy site, provide some kind of windbreak; either a physical barrier fence, trees or shrubs

    Geri Miller: Harvest-to-Glass: Planning and Planting Your Own Cocktail Garden

  • I left the car and ran across some thinly wooded grassland till I came to 'a thick belt of pines that obviously served as some kind of windbreak for a habitation.

    Puppet on a Chain

  • A woven hurdle or horticultural fleece will do the job and remember that a windbreak should always filter, never prevent the wind completely as it will only vortex to end up faster somewhere else.

    January: the to-do list

  • Windy conditions can also desiccate so erect a windbreak until they are established.

    January: the to-do list

  • His hot skin pressed against mine, and his wings swept outward, creating a windbreak as they tented against the concrete.

    My Fair Succubi

  • Benry noted that the camp was built right on the shore, where it had no windbreak.

    Tallulah Morehead: Survivor 21: Infants vs Senior Citizens : Neither Tea Nor Sympathy.

  • There was Leo's masterful windbreak, six trees in a perfect, silent row, and beyond it his fields in their perfect rows, and beyond them the family's hay, already cut and stacked, golden piles of their labor.

    Anna Solomon: The Little Bride

  • But even in this sorry state the rose is windbreak enough to afford some shelter from today's gale.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • "Instead of operating as a windbreak for inflationary pressures, the decline in the external value of sterling has reinforced the upward shift in inflation from global price pressures over the past few years," Sentance added, noting that the two-year fall in the value of the pound had been even bigger than during the inflation-prompted sterling crisis of the mid-1970s.

    War of words breaks out over interest rates at the MPC


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