land breeze


noun

a coastal breeze blowing at night from land to sea, caused by the difference in the rate of cooling of their respective surfaces.

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Also called land wind.

Origin of land breeze

First recorded in 1660–70
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land breeze

The breeze that blows from the land toward the sea after sunset. The land cools more quickly than the ocean, cooling the air above it. The warmer air above the water continues to rise, and cooler air from over the land replaces it, creating a breeze. (Compare sea breeze.)

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