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ocean current

A horizontal flow of water through the ocean. Warm and cold surface currents redistribute the Sun’s heat more evenly around the Earth.
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Noun1.ocean current - the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing directionocean current - the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction
current, stream - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
El Nino - (oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time
equatorial current - any of the ocean currents that flow westward at the equator
Gulf stream - a warm ocean current that flows from the Gulf of Mexico northward through the Atlantic Ocean
Japan current, Kuroshio, Kuroshio current - a warm ocean current that flows northeastwardly off the coast of Japan into the northern Pacific ocean
Humboldt current, Peruvian current - a cold ocean current that flows north along the Pacific Coast of South America before turning west
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