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monsoon

Monsoon is the term for the wind that carries heavy rains to southern Asia, and the rains themselves. During a monsoon, people wait indoors for it to stop.

Although people in other parts of the world sometimes describe heavy rainfall as a monsoon, the real thing only occurs in Asia. Monsoon describes both the rain that drenches India and Southeast Asia in summer and winter, and the wind that carries that rain. The rains are so heavy that they can lead to floods that wash away entire towns.

Definitions of monsoon
  1. noun
    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
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    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  2. noun
    any wind that changes direction with the seasons
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    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  3. noun
    rainy season in southern Asia when the southwestern monsoon blows, bringing heavy rains
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    type of:
    rainy season
    one of the two seasons in tropical climates
  4. noun
    heavy rains accompanied by wind, typical of the rainy season in southern Asia
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    type of:
    rain, rainfall
    water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
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