tro·​po·​pause | \ ˈtrō-pə-ˌpȯz How to pronounce tropopause (audio) , ˈträ- \

Definition of tropopause

: the region at the top of the troposphere also : a comparable layer of a celestial body

Examples of tropopause in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Heat and humidity are high enough to allow the clouds to form and the tropopause—the boundary between the troposphere and stratosphere—is about 10 miles up, giving large storms plenty of room to form. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Pole," 14 Aug. 2019 Jet streams travel in the tropopause—the area between the troposphere and the stratosphere—at heights of about 8 to 15 kilometers (5 to 9 miles). Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "The jet stream, explained," 8 Mar. 2019 Reader Vivian Mendenhall pointed out that the tropopause is between the troposphere and the stratosphere. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Chasing the sun from New York to Alaska on a plane," 19 May 2018 The tropopause fluctuates between about 6 and 11 miles above the earth’s surface (at an altitude north of 30,000 feet), where an abrupt change in air temperature occurs. Tyler Moss, CNT, "Why It's Faster to Fly East," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of tropopause

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tropopause

International Scientific Vocabulary troposphere + pause

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“Tropopause.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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