niña

[nee-nyah]

Nina

[nee-nuh, nahy-]
noun
  1. a female given name, Russian form of Anna.

Niña

[neen-yuh, nee-nuh; Spanish nee-nyah]
noun
  1. one of the three ships under the command of Columbus when he made his first voyage of discovery to America in 1492.

La Niña

[lah nee-nyah]
noun
  1. a cool ocean current that develops off the coast of Ecuador and Peru, sometimes following an El Niño but causing nearly the opposite extreme weather conditions.

Origin of La Niña

1985–90; < Spanish: literally, the female child; patterned after El Niño
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  • Nina's eyes flashed angrily, as though such jesting was an offence.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Listen to that sigh of poor Nina's and you'll understand what it is to be dreary!'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Nina had been a great success in society, and she reaped the full benefit of it.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Indeed, not alone with him, but with all of us—even Nina did not escape.'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Have you lived long enough amongst us, Nina, to know that we all hate the law?

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever


British Dictionary definitions for nina

La Niña

noun
  1. meteorol a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years

Word Origin for La Niña

C20: from Spanish: The Little Girl, to distinguish it from El Niño

Niña

noun
  1. the Niña one of the three ships commanded by Columbus in 1492
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Word Origin and History for nina

Nina

fem. proper name; in a Russian context it is a shortening of Annina, diminutive of Greek Anna. In a Spanish context, Niña "child, infant," a nursery word.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nina in Science

La Niña

[lä nēnyä]
  1. A cooling of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring somewhat less frequently than El Niño events but causing similar, generally opposite disruptions to global weather patterns. La Niña conditions occur when the Pacific trade winds blow more strongly than usual, pushing the sun-warmed surface water farther west and increasing the upwelling of cold water in the eastern regions. Together with the atmospheric effects of the related southern oscillation, the cooler water brings drought to western South America and heavy rains to eastern Australia and Indonesia. Compare El Niño.
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