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 An upper-level trough over the Plains will provide the lift and wind shear necessary for thunderstorms to turn severe, with supercells—storms driven by a rotating updraft—likely across the southern Plains. Dennis Mersereau, Forbes, 27 May 2021 This storm complex was not a supercell; Doppler radar never detected a rotating updraft (called a mesocyclone). Washington Post, 27 May 2021 It’s not unusual for a 6-foot wave to produce a 30-foot-tall updraft. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Simard writes, for instance, of the thrill of watching an eagle catch an updraft. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 If a thunderstorm cell was able to get going, then those strong wind changes could impart a spin to the updraft. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 The waves get steeper as they near shore, further strengthening the updraft. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Here’s part of the reason why: As rumors of a potential merger swirled in recent months, ebullient traders hoping to ride the updraft for another Tesla-esque success story bid up shares of Churchill Capital IV to as much as $60 apiece. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 Hail is actually falling raindrops that get caught up in a thunderstorm's strong updraft winds. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 23 Dec. 2020

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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