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windbreak

a fence, line of trees, etc., serving as a protection from the wind by breaking its force
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

Windbreak

One or more rows of trees or shrubs planted in such a manner as to provide shelter from the wind and to protect soil from erosion. Windbreaks around a home can reduce the cost of heating and cooling and save energy. Windbreaks are also planted to help keep snow from drifting onto roadways and even yards. Other benefits include providing habitat for wildlife, and in some regions the trees are harvested for wood products.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Windbreak

 

a forest strip 20-30 m wide, intended to protect the forest against windfall. A windbreak consists chiefly of leaf-bearing trees that have a deep root system and are capable of developing a dense crown; it is arranged perpendicular to the prevailing winds. A windbreak is shaped by intensive thinning out of young trees to promote the formation of a dense, branched crown capable of withstanding gusts of wind. Leaf-bearing shrubs are planted between the trees.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

windbreak

[′win‚brāk]
(engineering)
Any device designed to obstruct wind flow and intended for protection against any ill effects of wind.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

windbreak

A dense growth of trees, fence, wall or the like, which provides protection against the wind, esp. to gardens and buildings.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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However, if you live in an extreme climate you might need to help them stay warm by providing insulation or windbreaks.
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One half can be left fairly near the scope as a windbreak.
Protect tender and newly planted trees and shrubs from frosts and cold winds by using either a netting windbreak or by packing straw around them.
The "feedstock" would be the indigenous jatropha plant, an oil-bearing hedge frequently used in Africa as a windbreak to prevent soil erosion.
A listing of the farms used, corn row orientations, and windbreak heights, lengths, and composition are shown in Table 1 for the 3 yr of the study.
At the conclusion of his well researched article Winter Tipi Camping: the Double Lining author, Pete Roller, speculates about cane windbreaks: "maybe next year I'll make an eight-foot high windbreak of woven sticks and brush surrounding the tipi.
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For modern broilers, trees may offer shade, protection from predators and a windbreak.--NL--