- a warm ocean current flowing N from the Gulf of Mexico, along the E coast of the U.S., to an area off the SE coast of Newfoundland, where it becomes the western terminus of the North Atlantic Current.
- Gulf Stream system.
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Examples from the Web for gulf stream
This Gulf-stream is our largest river; being the longest, broadest, and deepest.
Are you as safe as they, when you are in the gulf-stream of perdition, and they on the shore?Gamblers and Gambling
Henry Ward Beecher
Abraham stands to the generations of earth as the Gulf-stream to Europe and the isles of the sea.
So we often have it very mild in December if south-westerly winds bring us warm moist air from the Gulf-stream.Island Life
Alfred Russel Wallace
As the wind veered and grew cooler a ribbon of haze appeared above the Gulf-stream.The Firing Line
Robert W. Chambers
- a relatively warm ocean current flowing northeastwards off the Atlantic coast of the US from the Gulf of Mexico
- another name for North Atlantic Drift
- A warm ocean current of the northern Atlantic Ocean off eastern North America. It flows northward and eastward from the Gulf of Mexico, eventually dividing into several branches. A major branch continues eastward to warm the coast and moderate the climate of northwest Europe.
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