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 That typical dryness has been exacerbated by weaker-than-normal trade winds that have kept rain away, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, 9 Aug. 2023 El Niño conditions are characterized by changes in the strength or direction of trade winds that cause waters in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean to become warmer than usual. Dawn Liu, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2023 With the exception of some breezier trade winds, no major impacts to Hawaii were expected. Kathryn Prociv, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2023 This means the pressure gradient and winds will be weaker than last week’s event and more comparable to Hawaii’s typically breezy trade winds. Mary Gilbert, CNN, 14 Aug. 2023 An unknown spark on Tuesday night quickly set parts of the island ablaze, sending flames fueled by a combination of strong trade winds and a landscape parched by drought conditions through the historic Lahaina district and people's homes. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 14 Aug. 2023 The precise cause of the wildfires is not yet known, emergency officials said Wednesday, but they were exacerbated in part by strong easterly trade winds whipped up by Hurricane Dora, which has been churning over the central Pacific Ocean. Denise Chow, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2023 Dangerous wildfires are spreading rapidly across Maui due to very dry conditions stemming from a drought combined with powerful trade winds being squeezed across Hawaii. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 9 Aug. 2023 Usually, trade winds blow west off the coast of South America, pushing out warm surface water and replacing it with cold deep water that extends up the Pacific coast. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, 26 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trade wind was in 1615

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“Trade wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

trade wind

: a wind blowing almost constantly toward the equator from an easterly direction

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