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Friday, June 14

Squall

[skwɔːl]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Old Norse, 17th century

1.

a loud and rowdy cry

2.

a sudden violent bout of wind that lasts longer than a gust

3.

a brief commotion

Examples of Squall in a sentence

"The peaceful day turned violent when a vicious squall ripped through the clearing."

"The toddler let out a loud squall before leaping into the mud pit."

About Squall

Squalls that take place in winter can sometimes bring sudden, heavy snow. This is caused by a sudden burst of cold air over a warm surface layer, resulting in a snowstorm that can dump several inches in a short amount of time.

Did you Know?

The word squall comes from a Norse word that means "useless chatter."

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