Hadley cell

play
noun Had·ley cell \ ˈhad-lē- \

Definition of Hadley cell

:a pattern of atmospheric circulation in which warm air rises near the equator, cools as it travels poleward at high altitude, sinks as cold air, and warms as it travels equatorward; also :a similar atmospheric circulation pattern on another planet (such as Mars)

Origin and Etymology of hadley cell

George Hadley †1768 English scientific writer


Learn More about hadley cell


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Hadley cell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

all at once

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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