Definition of barotropic
meteorology, of a fluid
: having surfaces of constant pressure which coincide and do not intersect with those of constant density The possibility has been suggested … that the onset vortex received kinetic energy through baroclinic processes (as well as barotropic processes), perhaps even during its formation.— David W. Martin et al., Nature, 16 Dec. 1982 — compare baroclinic
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