geo·​stroph·​ic ˌjē-ə-ˈsträ-fik How to pronounce geostrophic (audio)
: of, relating to, or arising from the Coriolis force
geostrophically adverb

Word History


ge- + Greek strophikos turned, from strophē turning — more at strophe

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geostrophic was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Geostrophic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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