land breeze

noun
a coastal breeze blowing at night from land to sea, caused by the difference in the rate of cooling of their respective surfaces.
Also called land wind.


Origin:
1660–70

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land breeze definition


The breeze that blows from the land toward the sea after sunset. The land cools more quickly than the ocean, cooling the air above it. The warmer air above the water continues to rise, and cooler air from over the land replaces it, creating a breeze. (Compare sea breeze.)

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Example sentences
Air in contact with the land becomes cool and flows out over the water as a
  land breeze, displacing the warmer air.
Land breeze and thermals: a scale threshold to distinguish their effects.
The reverse land breeze circulation leads to early morning rain events.
At that time, the land breeze begins from the northwest, typically becoming
  calm again about sunrise.
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