from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The god of the north wind.
- n. The north wind.
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- proper n. The god of the North Wind.
- proper n. the north wind personified
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The north wind; -- usually a personification.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, the god of the north wind.
- n. The north wind personified; a cold, northerly wind.
- n. A genus of curious mecopterous insects of the family Panorpidæ, composed of wingless species which look like small wingless grasshoppers. They are often found on snow in the winter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wind that blows from the north
- n. (Greek mythology) the god who personified the north wind
The grass grew long and verdant and swayed in Boreas’ gentle sighs.
And then there was a pagan god called Boreas, who was the North Wind, and had long wings and white hair, and made himself generally disagreeable.
His biographers say that during the term of three years that he commanded the "Boreas" in the West Indies, not a single officer or man died out of her whole complement, -- an achievement almost incredible in that sickly climate;  and he himself records that in his two months 'chase of
 This statement, which apparently depends upon a memoir supplied many years later by the first lieutenant of the "Boreas," is not strictly accurate, for Nelson himself, in a letter written shortly after her arrival in the West Indies, mentions that several of her ship's company had been carried off by fever (Nicolas, vol.i. p. 111); but it can doubtless be accepted as evidence of an unusually healthy condition.
In a small vessel, for such the "Boreas" was, the request, which he could not well refuse, gave Nelson cause of reasonable discontent, entailing crowding and a large outlay of money.
"Boreas" were spent in the West of England, chiefly at Bath, for the recovery of Mrs. Nelson's health as well as his own; but toward the latter part of 1788 the young couple went to live with his father at the parsonage of Burnham Thorpe, and there made their home until he was again called into active service.
Warlike preparations consequently ceased, and on the 30th of November, 1787, the cruise of the "Boreas" came to an end.
Three months later, on the 7th of June, the "Boreas" sailed for England, and on the 4th of July anchored at Spithead.
The five years -- from 1788 to 1792 inclusive -- intervening between the cruise of the "Boreas" and the outbreak of war with the French
The threatening aspect of affairs necessitated the "Boreas" being kept in commission, -- the more so because the economies introduced by Mr. Pitt into the administration of the two military services had reduced the available naval force below that which France could at once send out.