from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Occurring annually. Used of the prevailing northerly summer winds of the Mediterranean.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to a dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.
- n. A dry north wind which blows in the eastern Mediterranean.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Periodical; annual; -- applied to winds which annually blow from the north over the Mediterranean, esp. the eastern part, for an irregular period during July and August.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Recurring every year; occurring at stated times of the year; periodical.
The vicinity of sea and lake had advantages also in the way of health: for in the summer the etesian winds set in from the north, and the lake, instead of stagnating, was kept full and sweet by the rise of the
The etesian winds made it impossible to bring up reënforcements, and Cæsar's force was very small.
The etesian winds, too, had set in, which made it difficult for his heavy vessels to work out of the harbor.
"caes. civ.3.107": [3.107] Having observed this, he ordered other legions to be brought to him from Asia, which he had made up out of Pompey's soldiers; for he was himself detained against his will, by the etesian winds, which are totally unfavorable to persons on a voyage from Alexandria.