light air


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light air

n.
A wind with a speed of from 1 to 3 knots (1.15 to 3.5 miles per hour; 1.9 to 5.6 kilometers per hour), according to the Beaufort scale.
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light air

n
(Physical Geography) very light air movement of force one on the Beaufort scale
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Noun1.light air - wind moving 1-3 knotslight air - wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 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"
Beaufort scale, wind scale - an international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane)
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Within a hundred yards of the ground it came to rest, floating gently in the light air, and at the same instant an alarm sounded at the sleeper's ear.
The light air about me told me that the world ended here: only the ground and sun and sky were left, and if one went a little farther there would be only sun and sky, and one would float off into them, like the tawny hawks which sailed over our heads making slow shadows on the grass.
Thus exhorted, Hubert resumed his place, and not neglecting the caution which he had received from his adversary, he made the necessary allowance for a very light air of wind, which had just arisen, and shot so successfully that his arrow alighted in the very centre of the target.
In vain he turned either cheek toward the light air; they felt equally cool.
Distance lent her figure an indescribable height, and romance seemed to surround her from the floating of a purple veil which the light air filled and curved from her shoulders.
-- Early in the morning a light air carried us towards the entrance of Port Jackson.
"Light air -- remained -- bridge -- sudden -- north-east -- could turn -- thought -- you -- sure -- hear."
The floors were strewn with freshly-cut fragrant hay, the windows were open, a fresh, cool, light air came into the room.
A light air began to blow out of the northeast, and the fan of it on his cheek seemed to cheer Raoul up.
But the light airs which had begun blowing from the south-east and south had hauled round after nightfall into the south-west.
There were days, though, clear and soft and warm, when it seemed a sin to do anything but loaf over the hand-lines and spank the drifting "sun-scalds" with an oar; and there were days of light airs, when Harvey was taught how to steer the schooner from one berth to another.
Occasional light airs were felt, however, and Wolf Larsen patrolled the poop constantly, his eyes ever searching the sea to the north-eastward, from which direction the great trade-wind must blow.

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