(from the use of such winds to traders). A gentle current of air in the equatorial regions, whose general direction is from N.E. to S.W. north of the equator, and S.E. to N.W. south of the equator.
n. A wind in or near the Torrid Zone, which blows from the same quarter throughout the year-so called because of great advantage to navigators and trade-the general direction is from N.E. to S.W. on the north side, and from S.E. to N.W. on the south side of the equator.