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Trade Winds


Winds that trade or tread in one uniform track. In the northern hemisphere they blow from the north-east, and in the southern hemisphere from the south-east, about thirty degrees each side of the equator. In some places they blow six months in one direction, and six in the opposite. It is a mistake to derive the word from trade (commerce), under the notion that they are “good for trade.” (Anglo-Saxon, tredde-wind, a treading wind—i.e. wind of a specific “beat” or tread; tredan, to tread.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Towers of Silence
Town (A)
Town and Gown Row (A)
Toyshop of Europe (The)
Tracing of a Fortress (The)
Tracts for the Times
Trade Mark
Trade Winds
Trade follows the Flag
Tradesmen’s Signs
Trafa Meat
Traitors Bridge
Traitors Gate
Trajan’s Column
Trajan’s Wall

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