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Nina

[nee-nuh, nahy-] /ˈni nə, ˈnaɪ-/
noun
1.
a female given name, Russian form of Anna.

niña

[nee-nyah] /ˈni nyɑ/
noun, plural niñas
[nee-nyahs] /ˈni nyɑs/ (Show IPA).
Spanish.
1.
girl; child.

Niña

[neen-yuh, nee-nuh; Spanish nee-nyah] /ˈnin yə, ˈni nə; Spanish ˈni nyɑ/
noun
1.
one of the three ships under the command of Columbus when he made his first voyage of discovery to America in 1492.

La Niña

[lah nee-nyah] /lɑ ˈni nyɑ/
noun
1.
a cool ocean current that develops off the coast of Ecuador and Peru, sometimes following an El Niño but causing nearly the opposite extreme weather conditions.
Origin of La Niña
1985-1990
1985-90; < Spanish: literally, the female child; patterned after El Niño
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  • Thomas and Nina were married at her home in Bangor, December 26, 1872.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • Columbus told the rowers as Danny and Nina got into the skiff.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • We had just finished dressing, and Nina had gone to pile fresh logs on the fire, when I heard a splash in the water of the creek.

    His Unknown Wife Louis Tracy
  • He had never let go of Nina's hand, but now he did, getting a lifeguard's hold on her.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
  • Meanwhile the governess had, with the assistance of two of the negro attendants, brought Nina into the house.

    The Prairie-Bird Charles Augustus Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Nina

La Niña

/læ ˈniːnjə/
noun
1.
(meteorol) a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: The Little Girl, to distinguish it from El Niño

Niña

/ˈniːnə; Spanish ˈniɲa/
noun
1.
the Niña, one of the three ships commanded by Columbus in 1492
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Word Origin and History for Nina

fem. proper name; in a Russian context it is a shortening of Annina, diminutive of Greek Anna. In a Spanish context, Niña "child, infant," a nursery word.

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Nina in Science
La Niña
  (lä nēn'yä)   
A cooling of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring somewhat less frequently than El Niño events but causing similar, generally opposite disruptions to global weather patterns. La Niña conditions occur when the Pacific trade winds blow more strongly than usual, pushing the sun-warmed surface water farther west and increasing the upwelling of cold water in the eastern regions. Together with the atmospheric effects of the related southern oscillation, the cooler water brings drought to western South America and heavy rains to eastern Australia and Indonesia. Compare El Niño.
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