American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cool breeze blowing from the sea toward the land.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A breeze blowing from the sea toward the land; specifically, in meteorology, a diurnal breeze felt near the sea-coast, setting in from the sea about 10 a. m., reaching its greatest strength from 2 to 3 p. m., and dying away about sunset. The sea-breeze and the corresponding land-breeze together constitute a local to-and-fro circulation due to the heating of the land above the ocean temperature during the day and the cooling below it during the night. The upper strata of the air that have become heated and expanded flow off seaward, and produce an increased pressure a short distance from the land. This increment of pressure initiates the sea-breeze, which extends a few miles inland, with a strength depending on the temperature-gradient and on the local topography. Hence it is most strongly marked in equatorial and tropical regions, where the diurnal range of temperature and the contrasts between ocean and land temperatures are greatest; but traces of it have been found even in arctic regions. Steep slopes and mountain-ranges near the coast intensify the sea-breeze by increasing the energy of convection-currents, which in turn create a demand for a greater local surface indraft. By balloon observations the depth of the sea-breeze at Coney Island has been found to be between 300 and 400 feet. It is mainly the daily sea-breeze which renders the summer climate of the sea-shore markedly invigorating and refreshing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a breeze or wind blowing, generally in the daytime, from the sea.
- n. a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
“They left the Headless Garden and went down into the village, the sea breeze so refreshingly cool Fancy wished she could bottle it and take it back with her to Portero.”
“It rocked gently in the sea breeze eddying around the house.”
“The long and fearfully hot mornings before the sea breeze sets in, the still longer and choking nights with the thermometer at 108 deg., were trying in the extreme to those accustomed to the fresh air of northern climates; but sailors have always something of the 'Mark Tapley' about them and are generally jolly under all circumstances, and so it was with me.”
“And when the sea breeze carried the smoke away, Maximilian Oceanus and his troublesome brat of a sister were gone.”
“He noticed the air starting to chill as they drew near An Tèarmann, a soft sea breeze pushing fog in off the ocean.”
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