land breeze



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

Origin of land breeze

First recorded in 1660–70
Also called land wind. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for land breeze

Historical Examples of land breeze

  • At noon a sea-breeze, fair; at five o'clock a land-breeze, foul.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • "There's a whiff of land-breeze stirring," Grief said, looking at Pankburn.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • Favoured by the land-breeze, the Hope glided out of the harbour.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • For now near night, the land-breeze has commenced blowing off-shore.

  • Wick Bay is not always rippled by the land-breeze as on this occasion.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

Culture definitions for land breeze

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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