[ an-ti-treyd ]
/ ˈæn tɪˌtreɪd /


antitrades, westerly winds lying above the trade winds in the tropics.


noting or pertaining to such a wind.

Origin of antitrade

First recorded in 1850–55; anti- + trade Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for antitrades

  • Some writers prefer to call the former the antitrades and the latter the countertrades.

    Meteorology|Charles Fitzhugh Talman

British Dictionary definitions for antitrades

/ (ˈæntɪˌtreɪdz) /

pl n

winds in the upper atmosphere blowing in the opposite direction from and above the trade winds
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Science definitions for antitrades

[ ăntĭ-trādz′ ]

Winds blowing steadily from west to east in the upper levels of the troposphere, above and in a direction counter to the surface trade winds of the tropics. In the middle latitudes of the North and South Temperate Zones, the antitrades merge with the prevailing westerly surface winds. Compare trade winds.
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