Definition of cirrus
1 : tendril
2 : a slender usually flexible animal appendage or projection: such asa : an arm of a barnacleb : a filament of a crinoidc : a fused group of cilia functioning like a limb on some protozoansd : the male copulatory organ of various invertebrate animals
3 : a high wispy white cloud usually of minute ice crystals formed at altitudes between about 20,000 and 40,000 feet (6,000 and 12,000 meters) — see cloud illustration
Recent Examples of cirrus from the Web
Nearly horizontal ice particles in cirrus clouds that are 3- to 5-miles high up in the atmosphere.
One telltale clue, per Tech Times: The scientists found that the flashes seemed to occur around high-floating cirrus clouds, and those clouds are made up of ice crystals.
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Origin and Etymology of cirrus
New Latin, from Latin, curl
First Known Use: 1708See Words from the same year
CIRRUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cirrus for English Language Learners
: a thin type of cloud that forms high in the sky
CIRRUS Defined for Kids
Definition of cirrus for Students
: a thin white cloud of tiny ice crystals that forms at a very high altitude
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