equatorial current
1) ocean currents flowing westerly near the equator. There are two in each of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, one north of the equator (the North Equatorial Current) and one south (the South Equatorial Current) separated by the easterly flowing Equatorial Countercurrent
2) tidal currents occurring semi-monthly as a result of the moon being over the equator

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  • Equatorial Current — 1. See North Equatorial Current. 2. See South Equatorial Current. * * * ▪ oceanography       ocean current flowing westward near the equator, predominantly controlled by the winds. Characteristically, equatorial current systems consist of two… …   Universalium

  • equatorial current — noun any of the ocean currents that flow westward at the equator • Hypernyms: ↑ocean current • Hyponyms: ↑North Equatorial Current, ↑South Equatorial Current * * * noun 1. : an ocean current flowing westward just north or just south of the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • North Equatorial Current — The North Equatorial Current is a significant Pacific and Atlantic Ocean current that flows east to west between about 10° north and 20° north. It is the southern side of a clockwise subtropical gyre. Despite its name, the North Equatorial… …   Wikipedia

  • South Equatorial Current — The South Equatorial Current is a significant Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Ocean current that flows east to west between the equator and about 20 degrees south. In the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, it extends across the equator to about 5 degrees …   Wikipedia

  • North Equatorial Current — noun an equatorial current that flows west across the Pacific just north of the equator • Hypernyms: ↑equatorial current …   Useful english dictionary

  • South Equatorial Current — noun an equatorial current that flows west across the Pacific just south of the equator • Hypernyms: ↑equatorial current …   Useful english dictionary

  • North Equatorial Current — a westward flowing ocean current occurring N of the equator in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. * * * …   Universalium

  • South Equatorial Current — an ocean current, flowing westward, found near the equator in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. * * * …   Universalium

  • South Equatorial Current — noun a current flowing east to west just south of the Equator through the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans …   Australian English dictionary

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