anticyclone

noun an·ti·cy·clone \ ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn \
|Updated on: 1 Jun 2018

Definition of anticyclone

1 : a system of winds that rotates about a center of high atmospheric pressure clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counterclockwise in the southern, that usually advances at 20 to 30 miles (about 30 to 50 kilometers) per hour, and that usually has a diameter of 1500 to 2500 miles (2400 to 4000 kilometers)
2 : high 2

anticyclonic

play \-sī-ˈklä-nik\ adjective

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First Known Use of anticyclone

1862

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ANTICYCLONE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of anticyclone for English Language Learners

  • : winds that turn around an area of high pressure and that often bring clear, dry air


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anticyclone

noun an·ti·cy·clone \ ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn \

Definition of anticyclone for Students

: a system of winds that is like a cyclone but that rotates about a center of high atmospheric pressure instead of low

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