trade windtrade wind
a wind that blows steadily toward the equator from the northeast in the tropics north of the equator and from the southeast in the tropics south of the equator
Origin of trade windearlier trade, adv., steadily in phrase to blow trade
often trade winds Any of a consistent system of prevailing winds occupying most of the tropics, constituting the major component of the general circulation of the atmosphere, and blowing northeasterly in the Northern Hemisphere and southeasterly in the Southern Hemisphere.
Origin of trade windFrom obsolete to blow trade, to blow in a regular course, from trade, regular course (obsolete).
As warm, moist air rises along the equator, surface air moves in to take its place, creating trade winds.
(plural trade winds)
- A steady wind that blows from east to west above and below the equator.
- They rode the trade winds going west.
- Alternative form of trade wind.