solar wind

noun

Definition of solar wind 

: plasma continuously ejected from the sun's surface into and through interplanetary space

Examples of solar wind in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Eugene Parker first theorized the existence of the solar wind. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to 'touch the Sun'," 12 Aug. 2018 As scientific experience with Voyager 1 in 2012 showed, leaving the heliopause would make for a drastic reduction in solar wind detected by the probe. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space," 10 Dec. 2018 If the mysterious light does in fact come from a hydrogen wall, scientists believe that the wall could be formed by interstellar winds encountering our local solar wind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Horizons Detects Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of the Solar System," 13 Aug. 2018 The memory card also contains photos of Dr. Parker and his groundbreaking 1958 scientific paper on solar wind. James Rogers, Fox News, "NASA's Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to 'touch the Sun'," 12 Aug. 2018 This region, also known as a coronal hole, allows charged particles to escape and flow toward Earth in an increased solar wind. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "'Hole' in the Sun Spawns Powerful Solar Wind; Could Amp Up Auroras," 10 Apr. 2018 Images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory identify a dark patch on the sun's surface as the location from which the solar wind originated, according to Spaceweather.com. Samantha Mathewson, Space.com, "'Hole' in the Sun Spawns Powerful Solar Wind; Could Amp Up Auroras," 10 Apr. 2018 Here on Earth, our thick atmosphere and magnetic field shield us from much of the solar wind. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries," 19 Oct. 2018 Scientists believe the patterns of brightness and darkness intermingling seen within Reiner Gamma stem from magnetic fields deflecting particles from the solar wind. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon's Most Mysterious Feature Now Has an Origin Story," 7 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'solar wind.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of solar wind

1958, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about solar wind

Share solar wind

Dictionary Entries near solar wind

solar tower

solar trap

solar type

solar wind

solary

solar year

solas

Statistics for solar wind

Last Updated

13 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for solar wind

The first known use of solar wind was in 1958

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on solar wind

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with solar wind

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about solar wind

Comments on solar wind

What made you want to look up solar wind? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

involving abstract or general statements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Liar, Liar Quiz

  • alt-5761dbe2ba986
  • Someone who pretends to be sick in order to avoid work is a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!