up·​draft | \ ˈəp-ˌdraft How to pronounce updraft (audio) , -ˌdräft \

Definition of updraft

: an upward movement of gas (such as air)

Examples of updraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And we were really tossed around from the updrafts. John Ismay, New York Times, "‘We Hated What We Were Doing’: Veterans Recall Firebombing Japan," 10 Mar. 2020 There was no rotation, Hatzos said, but there was a slight updraft. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "What was that I saw over the river yesterday? And there's a little snow in the forecast," 5 Feb. 2020 That updraft will go away in 2020, leading to a more moderate second half. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel reports record fourth quarter as it ramps up 10nm chips and tamps down supply issues," 24 Jan. 2020 Hail forms when a water droplet is picked up by updrafts of warm air in a thunderstorm and then travels well above the freezing level and freezes, according to the National Weather Service. Fox News, "2019 in review: The top 5 craziest weather moments," 28 Dec. 2019 Photography was his air current, a creative updraft. Mark Rozzo, The New Yorker, "Dennis Hopper’s Quiet Vision of Nineteen-Sixties Hollywood," 22 Dec. 2019 The warm air rises through the colder air, causing an updraft. Ron Johnson, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 28 Aug. 2019 Some fun facts about the German tradition of Christmas pyramids In their smaller form, the pyramids are turned by updrafts generated by candles. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "Alabama city’s stunning Christmas pyramid is largest in U.S.," 14 Nov. 2019 The system also captured a great deal of information on the size and shape of plume particles, including what the researchers believe to be embers that were buoyed aloft via updrafts. Maddie Stone, chicagotribune.com, "‘It’s night and day’: New radar allows scientists to peer inside California wildfires like never before," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of updraft

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Updraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/updraft. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of updraft

technical : an upward flow of air


up·​draft | \ ˈəp-ˌdraft How to pronounce updraft (audio) \

Kids Definition of updraft

: an upward movement of air

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