baroclinic

adjective bar·o·clin·ic \¦ber-ə-¦kli-nik, ¦ba-rə-\

Definition of baroclinic

  1. :  relating to a state of a fluid (such as the atmosphere) in which surfaces of constant pressure intersect those of constant density — compare barotropic

baroclinically

\¦ber-ə-¦kli-ni-k(ə-)lē, ¦ba-rə-\ adverb One argument is that the Hadley cell extent is determined by the latitude at which the mean flow within it becomes baroclinically unstable … — Richard Seager et al., Journal of Climate, 1 Sept. 2010

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Origin and Etymology of baroclinic

baro- + -clinic See note at barotropic


First Known Use: 1921


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