western hemisphere

noun
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 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, "Latin America Won’t See Pre-Virus Growth Until 2023, IMF Says," 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, "Why are these three presidents downplaying coronavirus warnings?," 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, "Glowing Amphibians, Extreme Weather Satellites, and More News," 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, "Lawsuit forces Uber to stop operating in Colombia," 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, "Typhoon Faxai pounds Tokyo, leaving nearly one million people without power," 8 Sep. 2019 Getting there: More than a million cruise ship passengers pass through the port of San Juan every year, making it the second-largest cruise port in the western hemisphere. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Islands in the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Singer's door at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the western hemisphere with 10 million gallons of water, took 50 hours to create and install. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "This Tiny Doors art project is making a big impact in and outside of Atlanta," 6 Oct. 2019 Built in 1812, Davidge Hall part of University of Maryland, Baltimore, is the oldest structure in the western hemisphere in continuous use for medical education. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "City’s secret passageways, crypts and other architectural gems on display with Doors Open Baltimore," 5 Oct. 2019

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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