- girl; child.
- a female given name, Russian form of Anna.
- one of the three ships under the command of Columbus when he made his first voyage of discovery to America in 1492.
- 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
Examples from the Web for nina
You can see that with Nina, definitely, in the first few episodes.Eliza Coupe Finds Her ‘Happy Ending’ With ‘Benched’
October 28, 2014
In some cases, such as those of Dallas nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the body figures out how to fight back.Blood Is Ebola’s Weapon and Weakness
October 26, 2014
“Like Nina Pham, she is a heroic person—a person who has dedicated her life to helping others,” he told a press conference.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
Get a Piece of Houdini Before He Disappears By Nina Strochlic A death-defying magical box.The Best of the Beast, Aug 25-31: High Schools, Houdini and Hip-Hop Jihadists
The Daily Beast
August 30, 2014
In 2003 Nina Clarkin, a British player, became the first woman to play on a team that won the Veuve Cliquot Gold Cup.Breaking Polo's Grass Ceiling
August 20, 2014
Nina's eyes flashed angrily, as though such jesting was an offence.
Listen to that sigh of poor Nina's and you'll understand what it is to be dreary!'
Nina had been a great success in society, and she reaped the full benefit of it.
Indeed, not alone with him, but with all of us—even Nina did not escape.'
Have you lived long enough amongst us, Nina, to know that we all hate the law?
- meteorol a cooling of the eastern tropical Pacific, occurring in certain years
- the Niña one of the three ships commanded by Columbus in 1492
Word Origin and History for 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.
- 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.