Word of the Day: Gust

1. noun: a sudden strong rush of wind

Sail forth into the sea of life,
O gentle, loving, trusting wife,
And safe from all adversity
Upon the bosom of that sea
Thy comings and thy goings be!
For gentleness and love and trust
Prevail o’er angry wave and gust;
And in the wreck of noble lives
Something immortal still survives.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

2. noun: a passionate or emotional outburst

There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again.” Cat Stevens, 1948 –

3. verb: (of the wind) to blow strongly for a short time

With the sound of gusting wind in the branches of the language trees of Babel, the words gave way like leaves, and every reader glimpsed another reality hidden in the foliage.” Andrei Codrescu, 1946 –