downwelling

[ doun-wel-ing ]
/ ˈdaʊnˌwɛl ɪŋ /

noun Oceanography.

a downward current of surface water in the ocean, usually caused by differences in the density of seawater.

Nearby words

  1. downward,
  2. downward mobility,
  3. downwardly,
  4. downwards,
  5. downwash,
  6. downwind,
  7. downy,
  8. downy mildew,
  9. downy woodpecker,
  10. downzone

Origin of downwelling

First recorded in 1965–70; down1 + well2 + -ing1

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