advection

noun
ad·​vec·​tion | \ ad-ˈvek-shən How to pronounce advection (audio) \

Definition of advection

: the usually horizontal movement of a mass of fluid (such as air or an ocean current) also : transport (as of pollutants or plankton) by such movement

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from advection

advect \ ad-​ˈvekt How to pronounce advect (audio) \ transitive verb
advective \ ad-​ˈvek-​tiv How to pronounce advective (audio) \ adjective

Examples of advection in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

There's going to be a good deal of moisture advection by Hurricane Florence, towards the Appalachians. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence to trigger mudslides? Why the storm's potential effect has scientists on edge," 12 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'advection.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of advection

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advection

ad- + (con)vection

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about advection

Statistics for advection

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for advection

The first known use of advection was in 1910

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on advection

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about advection

Comments on advection

What made you want to look up advection? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

fear of the number 13

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!