an·​ti·​cy·​clone | \ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn \

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)

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anticyclonic \-​sī-​ˈklä-​nik \ adjective

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Ideal location Mist accumulates in coastal areas where a cold sea current, an anticyclone and a land obstacle, such as a mountain range, combine. The Christian Science Monitor, "Fog catchers turn mist into water in the Moroccan mountains," 17 May 2018 The storm is driven by rotating atmospheric bands traveling at up to 300 mph that keep the anticyclone swirling. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Jupiter's Great Red Spot Could Die Out in a Matter of Decades," 22 Feb. 2018 The first reliable drawings of the anticyclone were created in the mid 19th-century, and astronomers began photographing the planet-sized storm in the 1880s. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Jupiter's Great Red Spot Could Die Out in a Matter of Decades," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of anticyclone

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of anticyclone

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


an·​ti·​cy·​clone | \ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn \

Kids Definition of anticyclone

: 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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