Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of western El Salvador northwest of San Salvador. It is an important commercial, industrial, and processing center. Population: 164,000.
  • A city of southern California east of Long Beach in the fertile valley of the Santa Ana River, about 145 km (90 mi) long. Santa Ana is a manufacturing and trade center for a large metropolitan area. Population: 340,000.
  • n. A strong dry hot wind blowing from the desert regions of southern California toward the Pacific coast usually in winter.

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  • n. a strong hot dry wind that blows in winter from the deserts of southern California toward the Pacific Coast
  • n. a city in western El Salvador
  • n. a city in southern California to the east of Long Beach
  • n. Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)

Etymologies

After the Santa Ana Canyon of southern California.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • That sets up the flow of what we call Santa Ana winds.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2007

  • The winds slowly shiftd and instead of having what they call a Santa Ana wind, which is a hot, dry wind out of the north, the wind shifted out of the ocean -- out of the way of the onshore flow from the southwest.

    CNN Transcript Sep 30, 2005

  • UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, typically, in our typical weather pattern, this is a little more quiet time for that region, but we've been fearful of this lately because we've had very little rain so far this season, and it's been very dry with what we refer to as Santa Ana conditions, with the east winds blowing in off of the desert, and it dries out those fuels and makes for a very explosive situation.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: Local Officials Discuss California Wildfire - January 3, 2001

  • You can see some of the destruction wrought by these fires fanned by the desert winds, known as the Santa Ana winds, which up to what 130 kilometers an hour?

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2007

  • When you get a big high pressure in Nevada, you get this outflow right offshore and this offshore flow is called the Santa Ana wind.

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2007

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency yesterday in the seven affected counties, said progress has been made in coordinating efforts to contain the fires, which are being driven by the gale-force desert gusts known as the Santa Ana winds.

    Wildfires Test Overhaul of Crisis Response

  • It's typically these high-pressure systems that push off these offshore winds, locally known as Santa Ana winds.

    CNN Transcript Oct 27, 2006

  • This well-known phenomenon explains the reappearance of the corpse, but it must be admitted that the arrival of the Santa Ana was a fortunate coincidence.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • For the first time, in San Diego, since the 1860s, there was what was called Santa Ana conditions; weather conditions, incredibly dry, incredibly hot and the mummifying issue came up.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2002

  • The hot dry wind known as the Santa Ana blew across the Los Angeles hills, clearing the city of smog.

    Lucifer's Hammer

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