western hemisphere

variants: or Western Hemisphere

Definition of western hemisphere

: the half of the earth comprising North and South America and surrounding waters

Examples of western hemisphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This particular flare caused amateur radio outages and GPS malfunctions over much of the western hemisphere for a period on Thursday, centered on South America, according to data from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. Eric Mack, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The Great Smoky Mountains, just outside Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is home to the largest population of synchronous fireflies in the western hemisphere. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2021 With coronavirus measures still in place, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted this year’s ceremony from New York and L.A., respectively, with presenters and nominees spread throughout pretty much the entire western hemisphere. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2021 Per capita income won’t recover until 2025, later than anywhere else, IMF western hemisphere director Alejandro Werner, assistant director Jorge Roldos, and economist Samuel Pienknagura wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, 22 Oct. 2020 As one of the western hemisphere's poorest nations, Nicaragua is in a worse position than most to fight off any potential outbreak inside its borders. Natalie Gallón, CNN, 24 Mar. 2020 These sats can detect nearly every bolt of lightning in the western hemisphere, and the first of the $10.8 billion fleet, which launched in 2016, collected more data in six months than all 15 previous GOES satellites over the last 40 years. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, 27 Feb. 2020 The company faces legal challenges in several other Latin American countries, including Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, but said on Friday that Colombia is the first country it is forced to withdraw from in the western hemisphere. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Tokyo temperatures were forecast to reach 93-95 Fahrenheit. Typhoons — known as hurricanes in the western hemisphere — regularly form over the Pacific in the late summer and fall months, posing a threat to East Asian population centers. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of western hemisphere

1646, in the meaning defined above

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“Western hemisphere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/western%20hemisphere. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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