ther·​mo·​sphere | \ ˈthər-mə-ˌsfir How to pronounce thermosphere (audio) \

Definition of thermosphere

: the part of the earth's atmosphere that begins at about 50 miles (80 kilometers) above the earth's surface, extends to outer space, and is characterized by steadily increasing temperature with height

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thermospheric \ ˌthər-​mə-​ˈsfir-​ik How to pronounce thermospheric (audio) , -​ˈsfer-​ \ adjective

Examples of thermosphere in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to figure out the particle makeup of the thermosphere and ionosphere, known as the neutral atmosphere and map its changing temperatures. Richard Tribou,, "NASA hitches ride on commercial satellite for UCF-led atmosphere study," 26 Jan. 2018 Richard Branson licensed the technology for Virgin Galactic, his space tourism gambit, which aims to start regular visits to the thermosphere by 2012. Carl Hoffman, WIRED, "Virgin Galactic’s Space-Grazing Aircraft Is Ready for Liftoff," 15 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of thermosphere

circa 1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Thermosphere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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