Dictionary

greenhouse effect

noun

Definition of GREENHOUSE EFFECT

:  warming of the surface and lower atmosphere of a planet (as Earth or Venus) that is caused by conversion of solar radiation into heat in a process involving selective transmission of short wave solar radiation by the atmosphere, its absorption by the planet's surface, and reradiation as infrared which is absorbed and partly reradiated back to the surface by atmospheric gases

First Known Use of GREENHOUSE EFFECT

1937
GREENHOUSE EFFECT Defined for Kids

greenhouse effect

noun

Definition of GREENHOUSE EFFECT for Kids

:  warming of the lower atmosphere of the earth that occurs when radiation from the sun is absorbed by the earth and then given off again and absorbed by carbon dioxide and water vapor in the atmosphere

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: greenhouse gasPrevious Word in the Dictionary: greenhouse (adjective)All Words Near: greenhouse effect
June 29, 2015
expeditious Hear it
efficient or prompt
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears