stratosphere
noun Etymology: French stratosphère, from New Latin stratum + -o- + French sphère sphere, from Latin sphaera Date: 1909 1. the part of the earth's atmosphere which extends from the top of the troposphere to about 30 miles (50 kilometers) above the surface and in which temperature increases gradually to about 32° F (0° C) and clouds rarely form 2. a very high or the highest region on or as if on a graded scale <
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stratospheric adjectivestratospherically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • stratosphere — (n.) 1909, from Fr. stratosphère, lit. sphere of layers, coined by French meteorologist Léon Philippe Teisserenc de Bort (1855 1913) from L. stratus a spreading out (from pp. stem of sternere to spread out; see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)) + Fr.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stratosphere — [strat′ə sfir΄] n. [Fr stratosphère < ModL stratum, STRATUM + Fr sphère,SPHERE] 1. the atmospheric zone or shell located above the tropopause at an altitude of c. 20 to 50 km ( c. 12 to 31 mi) and characterized by an increase in temperature… …   English World dictionary

  • stratosphere — ► NOUN 1) the layer of the earth s atmosphere above the troposphere and below the mesosphere. 2) informal the very highest levels of something. DERIVATIVES stratospheric adjective …   English terms dictionary

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  • Stratosphere — The stratosphere is the second major layer of Earth s atmosphere, just above the troposphere, and below the mesosphere. It is stratified in temperature, with warmer layers higher up and cooler layers farther down. This is in contrast to the… …   Wikipedia

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  • stratosphere — stratospheric /strat euh sfer ik, sfear /, stratospherical, adj. /strat euh sfear /, n. 1. the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from the tropopause to about 30 miles (50 km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change… …   Universalium

  • stratosphere — strat|os|phere [ˈstrætəsfıə US sfır] n [Date: 1900 2000; : French; Origin: stratosphère, from Modern Latin stratum ( STRATUM) + French sphère sphere ] 1.) the stratosphere the outer part of the air surrounding the Earth, from ten to fifty… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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