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

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These trade winds weaken and cause warm water to pile up and migrate towards South America. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 There are new fears that shifting trade winds will send vog plumes toward the rest of the state. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Hawaii's governor, FEMA head to Big Island as lava continues fiery path," 7 June 2018 That's because from January to April trade winds from the north blow most of the warm surface water out to sea, and colder water wells up from the depths to replace it. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 The water in the region is predicted to warm faster than elsewhere around the globe because of a weakening of trade winds, Vecchi said. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "Science Says: Hawaii hurricanes rare, but getting less so," 24 Aug. 2018 By early December, trade winds might chill the mood again. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Aren’t Checking Trump On Trade," 8 Nov. 2018 No one really knows what triggers an El Niño cycle, but the change in weather pattern is caused by trade winds in eastern Asia. Megan Barber, Curbed, "El Niño watch: Here’s what it means for cities," 19 Sep. 2018 Even a small amount of solar activity millions of miles away can have an enormous impact on Earth's climate, particularly on trade winds and precipitation. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "An Illuminating Darkness: What Scientists Hope To Learn From This Month's Solar Eclipse," 2 Aug. 2017 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,, "NBA free agency, trade rumors and the latest on LeBron James, Paul George - live updates," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of trade wind

1615, in the meaning defined above

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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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