trade wind

noun

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

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Where will James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and the rest of this year’s talent available through free agency and/or trades wind up? Ej Smith, Philly.com, "NBA free agency, trade rumors and the latest on LeBron James, Paul George - live updates," 29 June 2018 The counterclockwise circulation around the low pressure zone drove winds from west in the tropical Atlantic, and that weakened the easterly trade winds. Phil Klotzbach, Washington Post, "The water in the tropical Atlantic is the coldest in decades. That may stymie hurricane season.," 18 June 2018 Over the centuries, the trade winds carried merchants and pirates who brought with them spices, fruits and vegetables. Mary Winston Nicklin, USA TODAY, "Tour the Darajani Market in Zanzibar, Tanzania," 13 Mar. 2018 The Saharan dust is nearly an annual event in Houston, the product of trade winds brings dust from North Africa across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico on a 3,000-mile journey. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018 Strong trade winds are blowing the ash away from the island’s major population centers and scientists say there’s little danger to the public from the latest eruption. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Kīlauea's latest eruption sends smoke, ash billowing," 15 May 2018 Weaker trade winds meant less mixing of the ocean water, less evaporation and less upwelling of cold water, which collectively led to very warm tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures. Phil Klotzbach, Washington Post, "The water in the tropical Atlantic is the coldest in decades. That may stymie hurricane season.," 18 June 2018 But lately, trade winds have been blowing most of the vog offshore. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, BostonGlobe.com, "Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’," 29 May 2018 But lately, trade winds have been blowing most of the vog offshore. Washington Post, "Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’," 29 May 2018

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1615, in the meaning defined above

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trade wind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trade wind

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

trade wind

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Kids Definition of trade wind

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

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