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Princeton's WordNet

  1. monsoonnoun

    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter

  2. monsoonnoun

    rainy season in southern Asia when the southwestern monsoon blows, bringing heavy rains

  3. monsoonnoun

    any wind that changes direction with the seasons

GCIDE

  1. monsoonnoun

    A heavy rainfall in India associated with the southwest monsoon.

    Etymology: [Malay msim, fr. Ar. mausim a time, season: cf. F. monson, mousson, Sr. monzon, Pg. mono, It. monsone.]

  2. monsoonnoun

    The season in which the monsoon occurs.

    Etymology: [Malay msim, fr. Ar. mausim a time, season: cf. F. monson, mousson, Sr. monzon, Pg. mono, It. monsone.]

Wiktionary

  1. monsoonnoun

    Any of a number of winds associated with regions where most rain falls during a particular season.

    Etymology: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

  2. monsoonnoun

    Tropical rainy season when the rain lasts for several months with few interruptions.

    Etymology: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

  3. monsoonnoun

    The rains themselves.

    Etymology: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

  4. monsoonnoun

    Entire meteorological systems with such characteristics.

    Etymology: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

  5. monsoonnoun

    (Arizona) An intense desert thunder storm

    Etymology: From موسم, from وسم, through monção and moesson. \

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monsoonnoun

    a wind blowing part of the year from one direction, alternating with a wind from the opposite direction; -- a term applied particularly to periodical winds of the Indian Ocean, which blow from the southwest from the latter part of May to the middle of September, and from the northeast from about the middle of October to the middle of December

    Etymology: [Malay msim, fr. Ar. mausim a time, season: cf. F. monson, mousson, Sr. monzon, Pg. mono, It. monsone.]

Freebase

  1. Monsoon

    Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea. Usually, the term monsoon is used to refer to the rainy phase of a seasonally-changing pattern, although technically there is also a dry phase. The major monsoon systems of the world consist of the West African and Asia-Australian monsoons. The inclusion of the North and South American monsoons with incomplete wind reversal has been debated. The term was first used in English in British India and neighbouring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area. The south-west monsoon winds are called 'Nairutya Maarut' in India.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Monsoon

    mon-sōōn′, n. a periodical wind of the Indian Ocean, which blows from the S.W. from April to October, and from the N.E. the rest of the year: similar winds elsewhere, returning periodically with the seasons.—adj. Monsoon′al [It. monsone—Malay mūsim—Ar. mawsim, a time, a season.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Monsoon

    originally denoted a periodical wind in the Indian Ocean, which blows from SW. from April to October, and from NE. from October to April; now denotes any wind connected with a continent regularly recurring with the seasons.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. monsoon

    A wind blowing half the year in one direction, and the other half in the opposite;—a term applied particularly to certain winds of the Indian Ocean, which blow from the southwest from April to October, and from the northeast the rest of the year. The term is sometimes used to designate similar winds in other parts of the globe.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monsoon in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monsoon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of monsoon in a Sentence

  1. Chris Tidey:

    When the monsoon rains come, it's going to be pretty nasty indeed.

  2. Tim Steffen:

    We had widespread heavy rainfall across the National Weather Service Flagstaff area on Wednesday that led to flash flooding and some closures of area roadways. That is our big concern every monsoon season.

  3. Sarath Wickramasinghe:

    They are traditionally geared for the monsoon, which comes twice a year - even some officials are, that mindset needs to be changed.

  4. Chelsea Peters:

    To offset the long-term drought across the southwest, we would need multiple years of both a wet winter and wet monsoon season.

  5. Scott Handel:

    The Southwest monsoon season is slightly favored for 2021, confidence in below-normal precipitation is generally higher for eastern areas of the monsoon region.

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