ˈstäs How to pronounce stoss (audio)
: facing toward the direction from which an overriding glacier impinges
the stoss slope of a hill

Examples of stoss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The steep curve that the wind hits is called the slip face, and the back hump of the deposit is called the stoss side. Amelia Arvesen, Outside Online, 29 Jan. 2023

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Word History


German stoss-, from stossen to push, from Old High German stōzen; akin to Goth stautan to strike — more at contusion

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoss was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Stoss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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