trade wind


Definition of trade wind

: a wind blowing almost constantly in one direction especially : a wind blowing almost continually toward the equator from the northeast in the belt between the northern horse latitudes and the doldrums and from the southeast in the belt between the southern horse latitudes and the doldrums usually used in plural

Examples of trade wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On weekends the bright red urban farmhouse opens its on-site restaurant, a small, open-air cafe with picnic benches that catch the trade winds. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Curaçao," 11 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, heat from the warming tropical Atlantic has goosed the Walker Circulation, an equatorial pattern that drives the Pacific trade winds. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Global warming is speeding up Earth‘s massive ocean currents," 5 Feb. 2020 Those trade winds have since turned into a tornado. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Stocks are now overpriced by 22%, according to this rule," 21 Apr. 2020 Some have sea views, but even those farther inland can feature charming notes of Aruban traditional architecture, like central courtyards with pools and layouts intended to allow maximum ventilation for the trade winds to blow through. Shannon Sims, New York Times, "36 Hours in Aruba," 12 Mar. 2020 If the trade winds relax, the strength of upwelling is significantly reduced. Jennifer Fitchett, Quartz Africa, "The unexpected link between Kenya’s unusual torrential flooding and Australia’s bushfires," 16 Feb. 2020 The phenomenon appears to disrupt and intensify trade winds at the equator and over the Pacific Ocean, one of the biggest drivers of global climate. Peter Fimrite,, "Atmospheric rivers that hit California getting a boost from melting Arctic ice," 27 Jan. 2020 Scientists debated the role of trade winds and the chemical composition of the atmosphere. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 During El Nino years, trade winds in the Pacific slow down, creating warmer-than-usual ocean waters and speeding the warming of the atmosphere. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Last month was the hottest January on record: NOAA," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of trade wind

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Trade wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trade wind

: a wind that blows almost constantly to the west and towards the equator

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Kids Definition of trade wind

: a wind blowing steadily toward the equator from an easterly direction

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