anticyclone

noun
an·​ti·​cy·​clone | \ ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce anticyclone (audio) \

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)

Other Words from anticyclone

anticyclonic \ ˌan-​ti-​sī-​ˈklä-​nik How to pronounce anticyclone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anticyclone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Local authorities recorded a high of 119.85 degrees Wednesday afternoon as the country experiences a heat wave and an anticyclone, a high wind system that circulates clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 An anticyclone is a high-pressure system, where atmospheric pressure is relatively higher than the air surrounding it. Lauren Fox, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Jacob Stern at the Atlantic reports that since the late 1800s, astronomers have noticed the spot, an anticyclone storm about three times wider than Earth locked into place by opposing jet streams, has been shrinking. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 Instead, the smaller anticyclone appears like a lump traveling around the outer band of the larger one. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 25 Nov. 2019 At the same time, the Great Red Spot seems to have gobbled up a smaller anticyclone and merged to form a bigger storm. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 26 Nov. 2019 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, 17 May 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, 22 Feb. 2018 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, 17 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of anticyclone

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Anticyclone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anticyclone. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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anticyclone

noun
an·​ti·​cy·​clone | \ ˌan-ti-ˈsī-ˌklōn How to pronounce anticyclone (audio) \

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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