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 Without it, Mars’s atmosphere would get stripped away by the solar wind: something that NASA’s MAVEN mission has measured directly. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Voyager 1 is about the size of a subcompact car and carries instruments that study magnetic fields, cosmic rays and solar wind. Fox News, 11 May 2021 Keyed to the dust profile? Lasers were only visible because the passing energy ionized the tenuous dust and solar wind medium drifting through the otherwise empty space. Nick Romano, EW.com, 26 Apr. 2021 Six minutes later, the burst of light lit up a solar wind probe between the Sun and Earth. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, 8 Apr. 2021 The solar wind is a steady stream of energized particles that flow out from the sun. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 24 Feb. 2021 It is designed to take visible-light images of the Sun's corona and solar wind using two optical telescopes, reports George Dvorsky for Gizmodo. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Mar. 2021 That exposed the planet to the solar wind, which clawed away at the atmosphere; and that in turn allowed the planet’s water to sputter off into space. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 16 Mar. 2021 The density of the protective solar wind declines inversely with distance squared, and the wind is stopped by the interstellar medium at a distance that is about 100 times the Earth-sun separation. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of solar wind

1958, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Solar wind.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20wind. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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