- boy; child.
- a warm ocean current of variable intensity that develops after late December along the coast of Ecuador and Peru and sometimes causes catastrophic weather conditions.
Origin of El Niño
Examples from the Web for nino
Contemporary Examples of nino
The trick, of course, is to make it new, and somehow that is what Nino does.
The only evidence of Nino the clown—the red rubber nose and its Little Tramp mustache—lies on a nearby table.
Nino opens a trunk and begins extracting props—balloons, a cane, and a battered old trombone.
Papino, the last to leave the ring, casts a doubtful look at Nino, clearly worried about what mischief may soon ensue.
With any luck some court case will come along and Nino and the gang can bring back poorhouses.And Now For Something Completely Different
June 26, 2012
Historical Examples of nino
For instance, there is the case of the negligent ruler, Nino de' Visconti.Confessions of a Book-Lover
Maurice Francis Egan
He behaved to his audience as Nino Bixio behaved to his men on the Sicilian expedition.Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
It received the alias "Nino, Re d'Assyria," and was brought forward.Verdi: Man and Musician
Frederick James Crowest
Nino and I sailed across there and waited among the small craft.
Nino, whom I wanted for a son-in-law, having no Nino of my own.
- meteorol a warming of the eastern tropical Pacific occurring every few years, which alters the weather pattern of the tropics
Word Origin for El Niño
- See El Niño.
- A warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring every 4 to 12 years and causing unusual global weather patterns. An El Niño is said to occur when the trade winds that usually push warm surface water westward weaken, allowing the warm water to pool as far eastward as the western coast of South America. When this happens, the typical pattern of coastal upwelling that carries nutrients from the cold depths to the ocean surface is disrupted, and fish and plankton die off in large numbers. El Niño warming is associated with the atmospheric phenomenon known as the southern oscillation, and their combined effect brings heavy rain to western South American and drought to eastern Australia and Indonesia. El Niño also affects the weather in the United States, but not as predictably. Compare La Niña.
A warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, occurring every four to twelve years when cold water does not rise to the surface, causing unusual weather patterns. The warmer water kills fish and plankton, brings heavy rains to western South America, and causes drought in eastern Australia and Indonesia.