oro·​graph·​ic | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce orographic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly orographical \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce orographic (audio) \

Definition of orographic

: of or relating to mountains especially : associated with or induced by the presence of mountains orographic rainfall

Examples of orographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This effect of forcing air to rise due to land elevation is called orographic uplift and is responsible for the biggest snowstorms in cities like Denver and Boulder. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of orographic

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Orographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orographic. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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