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light air

noun, Meteorology.
a wind of 1–3 miles per hour (0.5–1.3 m/sec).
Origin of light air
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the very moment that her doom seemed fixed a light air sprang up, and, with the help of the boats, gave her once more head-way.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • One stands at the window, looking, with a light air of challenge, at Paris.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • During the prevalence of the light air mentioned, Raoul Yvard did not see fit to stir tack or sheet, as it is termed among seamen.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • There was a light air from the southward, and there was not a cloud in the sky.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
  • A light air and a slight tide were making into the passage, and the schooner's progress was slow.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • There was but a light air from the southward, insufficient to enable her get under way.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
  • As the sun rose the breeze gradually fell away, and in an hour or so there was only a light air.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • The mist had shaken itself and rolled on before a light air that was coming.

    Sea Stories Various
  • As David was thus standing up, holding on to the mast, he felt a light air fan his cheek.

    Adrift in a Boat W.H.G. Kingston
  • The north wind had ceased—as was usual with the setting of the sun, and a light air arose from the south.

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for light air

light air

very light air movement of force one on the Beaufort scale
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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