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land breeze

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 of land breeze
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The land-breeze blew fresh, and now and then belts of warm mist trailed across the beach.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • "There's a whiff of land-breeze stirring," Grief said, looking at Pankburn.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • At last they succeeded in heaving up their anchors, and, favoured by the land-breeze, they soon cleared the bay.

  • At noon a sea-breeze, fair; at five o'clock a land-breeze, foul.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • A strange smell hung about the houses, for the street was narrow and the land-breeze did not sweep it clean.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • For now near night, the land-breeze has commenced blowing off-shore.

  • If you wait, sir, till the land-breeze fills your sails, you will wait another moon.

    The Pilot J. Fenimore Cooper
  • She drove out with the land-breeze and met the rollers on the bar.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • She sniffed the land-breeze, and found it sweet but insipid in her nostrils after the tonic freshness of the sea-air.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand
  • What a picture did the brig make as she spread her snowy canvas to the land-breeze!

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
land-breeze in Culture

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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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