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 Higher velocities enable the updraft to suspend larger stones aloft. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 That helped stoke the storm’s updraft, contained within its mesocyclone. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 5 July 2022 Buoyant energy arises from a very warm and humid air mass close to the ground, and this stokes a powerful updraft within the storm cloud. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 This wind shear, in turn, helped to produce what is known as ‘supercell’ thunderstorms, within which the entire storm updraft rotates which results in very strong storms which also tend to sustain themselves. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 21 Apr. 2022 Suddenly, a monstrous black bird coasted across the sky on an updraft, gliding high above my head. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2020 In theory, the rapid updraft of hot air and ash from an erupting volcano into the upper atmosphere could trigger gravity waves on a much larger scale. David Adam, Scientific American, 19 Jan. 2022 The supercell, a strong thunderstorm with a rotating updraft, churned through vast, flat farmland while hurling bales of cotton and shredding barns. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 But amid the coronavirus crisis that has forced all manners of life online—including religious worship—and growing demand for spirituality of all kinds, startups focused on religion are too seeing a surprising updraft. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of updraft

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of updraft was circa 1887

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21 Jul 2022

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“Updraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/updraft. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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

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: an upward movement of air

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