air current


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Noun1.air current - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressureair current - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
airstream - a relatively well-defined prevailing wind
calm air, calm - wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
breeze, gentle wind, zephyr, air - a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
chinook, chinook wind, snow eater - a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies
harmattan - a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
crosswind - wind blowing across the path of a ship or aircraft
foehn, fohn - a warm dry wind that blows down the northern slopes of the Alps
khamsin - an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
Santa Ana - a strong hot dry wind that blows in winter from the deserts of southern California toward the Pacific Coast
high wind - a very strong wind; "rain and high winds covered the region"
headwind - wind blowing opposite to the path of a ship or aircraft
catabatic wind, katabatic wind - a wind caused by the downward motion of cold air
tailwind - wind blowing in the same direction as the path of a ship or aircraft
doldrums - a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific
east wind, easterly, easter - a wind from the east
northwest wind, northwester - a wind from the northwest
southwester, sou'wester - a strong wind from the southwest
sou'easter, southeaster - a strong wind from the southeast
gale - a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
gust, blast, blow - a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
monsoon - a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
monsoon - any wind that changes direction with the seasons
boreas, north wind, norther, northerly - a wind that blows from the north
prevailing wind - the predominant wind direction; "the prevailing wind is from the southwest"
samiel, simoom, simoon - a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
south wind, souther, southerly - a wind from the south
squall - sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
thermal - rising current of warm air
draft, draught - a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
west wind, wester - wind that blows from west to east
air - a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; "air pollution"; "a smell of chemicals in the air"; "open a window and let in some air"; "I need some fresh air"
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He did not wish to chance rising to some higher air current that would bear him away.
"The man's as contrary as air currents or water currents.
"It was a purely scientific research party sent out by my father's father, the Jeddak of Helium, to rechart the air currents, and to take atmospheric density tests," replied the fair prisoner, in a low, well-modulated voice.
Some freak of air pressures and air currents, he reflected, had made it possible for the sound to carry so far.
The design is based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and ensures an optimum air current control, the TSO is controlled by a PLC system, and preliminary cleaning is carried out using a CIP system.
Computer simulations indicate that this stretching of a droplet into a cascade of necks can continue indefinitely as long as there is some kind of disturbance present, whether a slight air current, tiny temperature fluctuation, or pressure variation in the nozzle.
The air current soaks up evaporated water, becoming more saturated as it sinks.
When this signal bumps into an air current, it bounces back down to a receiver on the ground.
An agreement may be announced as early as the Paris Air Show, which starts June 17, according to Air Current, which noted that the talks are at an "advanced" stage.
The sample exhauster's directed high volume air current can reach 2800 L/min, minimizing thermal load during the grinding process.
Those results showed that the wet air current flowed at 1,990 miles (3,200 kilometers) a second-about as fast as a major river.