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air current

Definitions of air current
  1. noun
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    “the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere”
    synonyms: current, current of air, wind
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    airstream
    a relatively well-defined prevailing wind
    calm, calm air
    wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
    air, breeze, gentle wind, zephyr
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    chinook, chinook wind, snow eater
    a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies
    harmattan
    a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
    crosswind
    wind blowing across the path of a ship or aircraft
    foehn, fohn
    a warm dry wind that blows down the northern slopes of the Alps
    khamsin
    an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
    Santa Ana
    a strong hot dry wind that blows in winter from the deserts of southern California toward the Pacific Coast
    high wind
    a very strong wind
    headwind
    wind blowing opposite to the path of a ship or aircraft
    catabatic wind, katabatic wind
    a wind caused by the downward motion of cold air
    tailwind
    wind blowing in the same direction as the path of a ship or aircraft
    doldrums
    a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific
    east wind, easter, easterly
    a wind from the east
    northwest wind, northwester
    a wind from the northwest
    sou'wester, southwester
    a strong wind from the southwest
    sou'easter, southeaster
    a strong wind from the southeast
    gale
    a strong wind moving 34–40 knots; force 8 on Beaufort scale
    blast, blow, gust
    a strong current of air
    monsoon
    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
    monsoon
    any wind that changes direction with the seasons
    boreas, north wind, norther, northerly
    a wind that blows from the north
    prevailing wind
    the predominant wind direction
    samiel, simoom, simoon
    a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
    south wind, souther, southerly
    a wind from the south
    squall
    sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
    thermal
    rising current of warm air
    draft, draught
    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
    west wind, wester
    wind that blows from west to east
    antitrades
    wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
    bise, bize
    a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
    sea breeze
    a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
    breath
    a slight movement of the air
    light air
    wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
    light breeze
    wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
    gentle breeze
    wind moving 7-10 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate breeze
    wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh breeze
    wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
    strong breeze
    wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate gale, near gale
    wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh gale
    wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
    strong gale
    wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
    whole gale
    wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
    bluster
    a violent gusty wind
    sandblast
    a blast of wind laden with sand
    jet stream
    a high-speed high-altitude airstream blowing from west to east near the top of the troposphere; has important effects of the formation of weather fronts
    levanter
    an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area
    mistral
    a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
    puff, puff of air, whiff
    a short light gust of air
    line squall
    a squall advancing along a front that forms a definite line
    trade, trade wind
    steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    antitrade, antitrade wind
    winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
    tramontana, tramontane
    a cold dry wind that blows south out of the mountains into Italy and the western Mediterranean
    updraft
    a strong upward air current
    downdraft
    a strong downward air current
    prevailing westerly, westerly
    the winds from the west that occur in the temperate zones of the Earth
    type of:
    atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
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