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Gulf Stream

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noun
  1. a warm ocean current flowing N from the Gulf of Mexico, along the E coast of the U.S., to an area off the SE coast of Newfoundland, where it becomes the western terminus of the North Atlantic Current.
  2. Gulf Stream system.
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Examples from the Web for gulf stream

Historical Examples

  • This Gulf-stream is our largest river; being the longest, broadest, and deepest.

    The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882

    Joseph Wild

  • Are you as safe as they, when you are in the gulf-stream of perdition, and they on the shore?

    Gamblers and Gambling

    Henry Ward Beecher

  • Abraham stands to the generations of earth as the Gulf-stream to Europe and the isles of the sea.

  • So we often have it very mild in December if south-westerly winds bring us warm moist air from the Gulf-stream.

    Island Life

    Alfred Russel Wallace

  • As the wind veered and grew cooler a ribbon of haze appeared above the Gulf-stream.

    The Firing Line

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for gulf stream

Gulf Stream

noun
  1. a relatively warm ocean current flowing northeastwards off the Atlantic coast of the US from the Gulf of Mexico
  2. another name for North Atlantic Drift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

gulf stream in Science

Gulf Stream

  1. A warm ocean current of the northern Atlantic Ocean off eastern North America. It flows northward and eastward from the Gulf of Mexico, eventually dividing into several branches. A major branch continues eastward to warm the coast and moderate the climate of northwest Europe.
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gulf stream in Culture

Gulf Stream

A warm current that flows out of the Gulf of Mexico and northward through the Atlantic Ocean.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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