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trade wind

[wind] /wɪnd/
Also, trade winds. Also called trades. any of the nearly constant easterly winds that dominate most of the tropics and subtropics throughout the world, blowing mainly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere, and from the southeast in the Southern Hemisphere.
any wind that blows in one regular course, or continually in the same direction.
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  • Hurricanes are to a large extent pushed eastward by the trade winds.
  • The trade winds have strengthened, and her little boat is sloshing around between white-capped waves.
  • The trade winds bring a fresh, cool breeze off the endless sea.
  • Eastward-moving trade winds and ocean waves bring this cold water to the surface, a process known as upwelling.
  • If you are looking for the cheapest hotel rooms and best travel deals, go when the trade winds stop blowing.
  • The tropical climate is tempered by the trade winds, and a spirited carnival celebration is a popular annual attraction.
  • The beaches on the south coast have good waves, sandy bottoms and excellent off shore trade winds.
British Dictionary definitions for trade winds

trade wind

a wind blowing obliquely towards the equator either from the northeast in the N hemisphere or the southeast in the S hemisphere, approximately between latitudes 30° N and S, forming part of the planetary wind system
Word Origin
C17: from to blow trade to blow steadily in one direction, from trade in the obsolete sense: a track
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trade winds
Winds that blow steadily from east to west and toward the equator over most of the Torrid Zone. The trade winds are caused by hot air rising at the equator, with cool air moving in to take its place from the north and from the south. The winds are deflected westward because of the Earth's west-to-east rotation. Compare antitrades.
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trade wind

persistent wind that blows westward and toward the Equator from the subtropical high-pressure belts toward the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). It is stronger and more consistent over the oceans than over land and often produces partly cloudy sky conditions, characterized by shallow cumulus clouds, or clear skies that make trade-wind islands popular tourist resorts. Its average speed is about 5 to 6 metres per second (11 to 13 miles per hour) but can increase to speeds of 13 metres per second (30 miles per hour) or more. The trade winds were named by the crews of sailing ships that depended on the winds during westward ocean crossings.

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