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sea breeze

a thermally produced wind blowing from a cool ocean surface onto adjoining warm land.
Origin of sea breeze
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The sea-breeze was soft as silk, the afternoon sunshine was delicately brilliant.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • At noon a sea-breeze, fair; at five o'clock a land-breeze, foul.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Not even the air stirred, for the sea-breeze was not due till later.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Then the sea-breeze blew this smoke, too, away from the wreckage.

    Morale Murray Leinster
  • Their chief object was to come up with her before the setting in of the sea-breeze.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • The sea-breeze will soon be up to us, and we may laugh at the frigate.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • She being more in the offing, would get the sea-breeze first.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • This sea-breeze is a great benefit to the inhabitants of Lower Louisiana.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • “I should be glad to do it, sir, but I should like a sniff of the sea-breeze,” answered Tom.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
  • How dreamy and bright and windy the country looked, and how salt was the sea-breeze!

British Dictionary definitions for sea-breeze

sea breeze

a wind blowing from the sea to the land, esp during the day when the land surface is warmer
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Word Origin and History for sea-breeze

one blowing from the sea to the shore, 1690s, from sea + breeze (n.).

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sea-breeze in Culture

sea breeze definition

The breeze that blows from the sea toward the land during the day, as air rising over the warmer land is replaced by cooler air from above the sea. (Compare land breeze.)

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