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

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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 The fog hanging over North Texas this week is called advection fog, according to NBC5 meteorologist Samantha Davies. Dallas News, "Why has Dallas-Fort Worth been so foggy this week?," 15 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of advection

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for advection

ad- + (con)vection

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The first known use of advection was in 1910

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“Advection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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