420. Wind


See also 27. ATMOSPHERE ; 417. WEATHER

ancraophobia
an abnormal fear of wind.
anemography
Rare. the recording of the measurement of wind speed by an anemometer. — anemographic , adj.
anemology
the science of the winds. — anemological , adj.
anemometer
an instrument for indicating wind velocity.
anemometry
the measurement of wind speed and direction, often by an anemometrograph. — anemometric, anemometrical , adj.
anemophilia
wind-loving, said of plants that are fertilized only through the action of winds. — anemophile , n. anemophilous , adj.
anemophobia
an abnormal fear of drafts or winds. — anemophobe , n.
anemoscope
an instrument for recording the direction of the wind.
bise, bize
a cold, dry wind that blows from the north or northeast in south central Europe.
breeze
a light wind to 27 knots on the Beaufort scale.
cyclone
an atmospheric disturbance characterized by powerful winds spinning in the shape of a vertical cylinder or horizontal disk, accompanied by low pressure at the center. — cyclonic , adj.
cyclonology
the study of cyclones. — cyclonologist , n.
foehn, föhn
a warm, dry wind that blows down the side of a mountain, as on the north side of the Alps.
gale
a strong wind to 55 knots on the Beaufort scale.
haboob
a heavy dust- or sandstorm of N. Africa, Arabia, and India.
hurricane
a extremely strong wind, usually accompanied by foul weather, more than 65 knots on the Beaufort scale.
levanter
a strong east wind in the Mediterranean region.
mistral
a cold, dry wind that blows from the north in the south of France and vicinity.
Santa Ana
a hot, dry, dust-bearing wind that blows from inland desert regions in southern California.
sirocco
1. a hot, dry, dust-laden wind that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast from Africa.
2. a sultry southeast wind in the same regions.
3. a hot, oppressive wind of cyclonic origin, as in Kansas.
tornado
a highly localized, violent windstorm occurring over land, usually in the U.S. Midwest, characterized by a vertical, funnel-shaped cloud.
twister
whirlwind.
typhoon
a cyclone or hurricane in the western Pacific Ocean.
whirlwind
any wind that has a spinning motion and is conflned to a small area in the shape of a vertical cylinder.

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