Buys Ballot's law

noun
Buys Bal·​lot's law | \ ˈbīsbəˈläts-, ˈbȯis- \

Definition of Buys Ballot's law

: a law in meteorology: when an observer's back is to the wind the lower barometric pressure is to the observer's left in the northern hemisphere and to the observer's right in the southern hemisphere owing to rotation of the earth

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for Buys Ballot's law

after C.H.D. Buys Ballot †1890 Dutch meteorologist

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About Buys Ballot's law

Dictionary Entries Near Buys Ballot's law

buy out

Buys Ballot's law

buy up

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Buys Ballot's law

Cite this Entry

“Buys Ballot's law.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Buys%20Ballot%27s%20law. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!