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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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 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

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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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