air current

Definitions of air current

n 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”
current of air, wind
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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
a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
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
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
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
wind blowing in the same direction as the path of a ship or aircraft
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
a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
blast, blow, gust
a strong current of air
a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
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
sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
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
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)
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 8-12 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
a violent gusty wind
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
an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area
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
a strong upward air current
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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